Saturday, 22 November 2014

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By Stijn Mitzer

This list only includes captured vehicles and equipment of which photo or videographic evidence is available. Therefore, the amount of equipment captured and destroyed by the Islamic State is undoubtedly higher than recorded here. Civilian vehicles such as Toyota Hilux pickup trucks are not included in this list.

Monday, 10 November 2014

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By Stijn Mitzer

This list only includes captured vehicles and equipment of which photo or videographic evidence is available. Therefore, the amount of equipment captured by the Islamic State may be higher than recorded here.

Although some of the tanks and artillery fielded by the Islamic State in recent offensives such as Kobanê were captured from Brigade 93 and Regiment 121 respectively, a great deal of effort has been put into avoiding double listings.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

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By Stijn Mitzer

On the 5th of October 2014, the Free Syrian Army captured the highly secretive, joint, Russian-Syrian Центр С - المركز س 'Center C or Center S' SIGINT (Signals Intelligence) facility (logo on top) operated by the Russian Osnaz GRU radio electronic intelligence agency (logo on the right) and the Syrian intelligence agencies (logo on the left).

Thursday, 7 August 2014

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By Stijn Mitzer

Boosted by the immense quantities of weaponry and ammunition captured at Regiment 121, Islamic State overran another regime stronghold in Nothern Syria on the 7th of August 2014, Brigade 93. This base, part of Division 17, was home to around fifty tanks, nearly two dozen howitzers, a large number of trucks and various other armoured fighting vehicles. Although some of this equipment was distributed to other bases prior to its takeover, the vast majority was still present on the base during the attack.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

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By Stijn Mitzer

After two succesful operations by the Islamic State last week, the regime's footgrip in Nothern Syria weakened even further, losing two bases of vital importance. Division 17 located near Raqqa and Regiment 121 located near Al-Hasakah both fell to Islamic State. The capture of these two bases were conducted in quick succession to each other.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

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By Joost Oliemans and Stijn Mitzer

North Korea, well known for its ballistic missile programme, depends on its foreign relations to provide currency that allows the regime to maintain control over the country. Exports of ballistic missile and even nuclear technology to countries such as Egypt, Syria, Iran and Myanmar have been much reported and draw a lot of attention from international observers. However, aside from delivering both conventional and strategic weaponry to sovereign states around the world, it appears North Korean anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) are now also showing up in the hands of what have been branded as terrorist organizations by the USA, a development which shows a broadening involvement of the DPRK in the arms trafficking market.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

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By Joost Oliemans and Stijn Mitzer

Even though a lot of categories of equipment of the Korean People's Army are known quite well due to satellite imagery and propaganda videos, the rare aspect of the Korean People's Navy (KPN) is often overlooked. Considering the scarcity of footage and high-quality satellite footage of KPN naval ships, this is hardly surprising. However, as is illustrated by the sheer amount of ships being produced over the years, the Korean People's Navy still does play an important role in the current day North Korean military.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

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By Joost Oliemans and Stijn Mitzer

Several new developments in North Korean armaments can be witnessed amongst the recent flow of propaganda released by Pyongyang after Kim Jong Un's ascension to power. One such development is what appears to be a new magazine model for the North Korean copy of the AK-74, the Type 88. This new magazine uses a staggered helix design, which allows for a high number of 5.45 x 39 mm cartridges to be carried without the notable increases in size and unwieldiness that characterise many other high capacity magazines.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

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By Joost Oliemans and Stijn Mitzer

Click on the equipment to get a picture of them in North Korean service.

Notes:

- If several configurations of a vehicle with one designation are known, they are added as such.

- The part within apostrophes refers to an unoffical name, such as the US DoD M-xxxx designation system (referring to the first year the system was identified).

- A year in square brackers after the designation of a vehicle refer to its perceived date of inception.

- All vehicles listed are presumed to still be in use with the Korean People's Army.

- All vehicles listed are presumed to still be in use with the Korean People's Army unless indicated.

- Last updated on 14-03-2017.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

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By Stijn Mitzer

Additional evidence of Russian contractors operating in Syria has emerged. According to an article published on the news site fontanka.ru, a private military company named Slavonic Corps indeed operated in Syria, but was actually disbanded after a single failed operation. The following story was told to fontanka.ru by former Slavonic Corps contractors which operated in Syria.