Thursday, 19 February 2015

Update of SALW Guide

Funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and working in close co-operation with the Verification Center of the Bundeswehr, BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion) has been developing the interactive information portal SALW Guide ( since 2012.

SALW Guide map: worldwide distribution of AK47

With this update, all collected information on small arms and light weapons (SALW) will become even more readily accessible.

“Even if it is not always obvious from reports on conflicts: Small arms and light weapons are responsible for more victims than any other kind of weapon; their destabilising effect is a decisive obstacle to development for the affected countries,” comments Thomas Göbel, Head of Division, Conventional Arms Control, at the Foreign Office. “The Small Arms Guide helps to quickly and reliably identify small arms and light weapons worldwide and thus supports our efforts to curb the illicit trafficking of arms.”

The portal contains, for instance, technical details on individual types of weapons, their different versions and their proliferation, which are illustrated by photographs of the weapons, detailed illustrations of differentiating criteria as well as photographs and sketches not only of markings by producers and producing countries but also of their position on the weapon. It also contains information on the ammunition used by small and light weapons. Besides a content-related update and extension, it above all contains improvements of its function. These allow, for instance, generating reports on single weapon types and their global proliferation or specific country reports for printing. The SALW Guide, which previously was only available in English, is now also available in French. This will increase its usability in the international arena.


Update of the interactive information portal on small arms control

(press release, in English)

Update des interaktiven Informationsportals zur Kleinwaffenkontrolle

(press release, in German)