Rogue Rocketeers: Artillery Rockets and Armed Groups (Working Paper 19)

Matt Schroeder
Working Paper

For decades, armed groups around the world have converted rockets intended for use with large, vehicle-mounted launchers into improvised light weapons. Indiscriminate and lethal, these weapons have killed and injured thousands of people in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere.

Yet, despite the demonstrated threat posed by artillery rockets, they have received significantly less attention from policy-makers than conventional small arms and light weapons do.

Rogue Rocketeers: Artillery Rockets and Armed Groups provides a greater understanding of artillery rockets, their use as improvised light weapons by armed groups, and the threat that these weapons pose to military and civilian targets. The Working Paper provides a technical overview of the types and models, battlefield roles, and manufacturers of artillery rockets, illustrated with photographs. It goes on to assess the threat posed by poorly secured and illicit artillery rockets, including their use by armed groups in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Keywords: Armed groups Illicit trafficking Arms trade Arms Trade Treaty Conflict