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Meet the weapons

In the UK, we do many things well. Stately homes, the James Bond franchise, fish and chips and tax havens. But there’s one important source of national pride that is often overlooked. Triumphing over past decade, the UK has been the second largest exporter of arms in the world (damn you USA!), with over 300 British companies involved in the trade. Our stunning weapons have been deployed across the globe and we want to help you get to know them a bit better.

CS GAS!

Developed in the early 20th century, the use of tear gas in warfare is banned by the Geneva Conventions. But thankfully, for restive civilian populations and crushing civil dissent, it’s been fair game for decades.

WHERE IS IT MADE?

In the county of Hampshire, by Chemring (from its Less Lethal Product Range)

AS SEEN IN: THE ARAB SPRING 2011

Pro-democracy demos HONG KONG 2014

AS SEEN IN: THE ARAB SPRING 2011

Pro-democracy demos HONG KONG 2014

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FUN FACT

It’s not just for pesky protestors! CS spray is often used during early morning raids on those multiplying refugees sleeping in the woods around Calais and Dunkirk.

EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON!

Originally conceived during the Cold War, the Eurofighter Typhoon was designed for dogfights with the Russians.
But then the Cold War ended. So we pursued a number of significant market opportunities and after 40 years of trial and error and generous investment from the taxpayer (eventual cost estimated to be £37 billion – thanks again guys!), she was finally airborne. So far, this sleek, supersonic, heavily armed fighter aircraft has spread its mission of ‘equality through firepower’ to the militaries of Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, with many more soon to join the fold.

WHERE IS IT MADE?

At Warton Aerodrome in Lancashire, by those heavy hitters of the industry, BAE Systems.

Combat proven in Libya, Iraq, Syria and Yemen

Combat proven in Libya, Iraq, Syria and Yemen

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FUN FACT

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In 2014, when a multi-billion
pound deal with Saudi Arabia for 72 Typhoons was in trouble, Prince Charles made a special trip to Riyadh and took part in a sword dance. The deal was agreed the next day.

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PAVEWAY IV BOMB!

Developed using £340 million of MoD money (thanks guys!) this fourth version of the bomb is now ‘da bomb’! The MoD iscurrently funding ongoing work to deepen penetration.

AS SEEN IN: Yemen SINCE 2015

WHERE IS IT MADE?

In the picturesque town of Glenrothes,Scotland by our good friends at Raytheon

AS SEEN IN: Yemen SINCE 2015

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FUN FACT

In 2015, Britain diverted Paveway IV’s earmarked for our Royal Air Force to Saudi Arabia to help them build up their supply to accurately hit populations in Yemen.

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