|23 Jan. 2024
NATO concludes contracts for another $1.2 billion in artillery ammunition
On Tuesday (23 January 2024), Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and General Manager of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) Stacy Cummings concluded contracts for the purchase of around 220,000 155-millimetre artillery shells worth 1.2 billion US dollars.
|05 Oct. 2023
NATO Allies and partners address Small Arms and Light Weapons control in Jordan
NATO and partner country Jordan co-hosted a conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) control in Amman on 3 and 4 October 2023. The event was the first of its kind on SALW organised with partner countries, as part of NATO’s defence and related security capacity building package for Jordan.
|26 Sep. 2023
NATO Secretary General welcomes contracts worth 2.4 billion euros to strengthen ammunition stockpiles
At their meeting in Paris this week, NATO Allies and partners in the Land Battle Decisive Munitions framework drove forward efforts to increase ammunition stocks. In the run-up to this meeting, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency put framework contracts and orders into place for hundreds of thousands of pieces of key ammunition. These contracts, estimated at 2.4 billion euros – including 1 billion euros in firm orders – will deliver a wide variety of critical munition types such as 155mm artillery, anti-tank guided missiles and main battle tank ammunition. The first deliveries under these contracts are scheduled to start towards the end of 2023.
|22 Sep. 2022
Deep Dive Recap: Small Arms and Light Weapons and the Gender Perspective
On the 22nd September 2022, the NATO International Military Staff (IMS) GENAD Office hosted their monthly Deep Dive Session focusing on the relationship between the Gender Perspective and Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW). This session explored the role of gender mainstreaming to fill information gaps and address current challenges in small arms control work, ammunition management and demining.
|21 Jun. 2018
NATO highlights role in fighting illicit trade in small arms and light weapons
NATO participated in a UN conference in New York on Wednesday (20 June 2018), focused on fighting the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. Ms. Eirini Lemos-Maniati, Deputy Director of NATO HQ’s Arms Control, Disarmament and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre, noted that over the years, NATO has helped destroy over 600,000 small arms and light weapons, and more than 160 million rounds of ammunition. NATO’s technical standards also serve as a basis for many international best practices in controlling small arms, light weapons and ammunition stockpiles. NATO’s Partnership for Peace Trust Fund on small arms and light weapons currently covers seven projects with a budget of over 40 million euros.
|03 Apr. 2014
Egyptian desert: new technologies for landmine detection
Egypt is regarded as one of the most contaminated countries in the world in terms of the number of mines and explosive remnants of war scattered across its territory. The issue poses a serious security challenge for local populations and hinders economic development and investment. As a result, large swathes of land are rendered unsafe and unusable.
|17 Apr. 2013
World’s largest demilitarization project boosts industry in Ukraine
The NATO-Partnership Trust Fund project for the destruction of conventional munitions, small arms, light weapons and landmines in Ukraine is making significant progress, but future funding remains a challenge. The project, which was the focus of a conference in the capital Kyiv on 8 April, is helping address the potential threat posed by Ukraine’s large stocks of old and obsolete weapons and ammunition accumulated since the Second World War. It has also boosted Ukrainian industry and created 110 jobs.
|20 Feb. 2013
Project to destroy obsolete munitions in Ukraine enters second phase
A signing ceremony to launch the second phase of a NATO-sponsored project for the destruction of conventional munitions, small arms and light weapons in Ukraine took place in Kyiv on 1 February.
|28 Aug. 2012
NATO sponsors project to help reduce terrorism risk in Mauritania
Mauritania has seen its share of conflict over the years. Its volatile history has left the country with a large stock of Man-Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS), shoulder launched surface-to-air missiles, and obsolete munitions that could pose a security risk to the country and to the safety of the public. A NATO Trust Fund project is now working to destroy these stockpiles and prevent them from falling into the hands of terrorists.
|28 Jun. 2012
NATO-sponsored project helps Ukraine destroy dangerous stocks of munitions
Stocks of unused and obsolete munitions pose a serious problem for many countries. Untended depots can be dangerous. In Ukraine, several unplanned explosions at munitions sites have led to loss of life, injury and significant damage. To protect people living near such depots, NATO is sponsoring a project to help safely dispose of the country’s excess munitions.