AK-103 and F2000 assault rifles in Gaza

By N.R. Jenzen-Jones This post originally appeared at The Rogue Adventurer. On October 2nd the armed wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (حركة الجهاد الإسلامي في فلسطين‎), the al-Quds Brigades, took to the streets of Fatah in Southern Gaza to mark the 17th anniversary of the assassination of Fathi al-Shaqaqi. Shaqaqi was assassinated in Malta by the Mossad in 1995. Each year,…

In Brief: The Netherlands’ De Zeven Provinciën class frigates

N.R. Jenzen-Jones HNLMS Evertsen on patrol off the Horn of Africa, as part of  NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield. HNLMS Evertsen is one of four De Zeven Provinciën class air defence and command frigates in service with the Royal Netherlands Navy (Koninklijke Marine). Evertsen is the youngest of the four, having been completed in 2003 and commissioned in 2005. These ships superseded the…

In Brief: Singapore’s Formidable class frigates

N.R. Jenzen-Jones The Republic of Singapore frigate RSS Formidable (68) during a formation exercise for RIMPAC 2012. Singapore’s Formidable class frigates are considered amongst the most advanced surface combatants in Southeast Asia. Built around a substantially modified version of the French La Fayette class, they feature an advanced stealth design incorporating a range of Radar Cross-Section (RCS) reduction features.…

240mm Heavy Mortars in Syria – a closer examination

By N.R. Jenzen-Jones This post originally appeared at The Rogue Adventurer. Identifying weapons systems can sometimes be a tricky business. Often, practitioners are forced to make educated guesses, or give ‘best estimates’ to stakeholders. Nonetheless, it is important that any such assessments are characterised accurately any time they are repeated, and the requisite caveats included.…

Why has Security Scholar been so quiet lately?

You may well ask. Well, fear not, Nat and I are both very much alive. As a few of you probably know by now, I’m in the process of undertaking a pretty big research project. I’m attempting to compile a ‘complete-as-possible’ database of small arms used in the recent Libyan conflict. To do this, I’ve been…

Update: KRISS SYSTEMS (K10, KARD, Sphinx SDP Compact)

By N.R. Jenzen-Jones Some of the information in this update was provided by a KRISS SYSTEMS spokesperson, in response to my queries. The KRISS K10, discussed briefly in my earlier piece here, represents the evolution of the KRISS Vector SMG. The K10 will be designed as a multi-calibre platform, supporting .45 ACP, 9x19mm NATO and…