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Pentagon reverses cluster munition ban
« on: December 06, 2017, 12:55:58 PM »
Janes - 01 December 2017
The Pentagon is reversing a Bush-administration policy to rid the US military of cluster munitions by 2019, and will instead keep them in the arsenal until the munitions can be more effectively replaced with similar area-effects weapons.

The 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) was ratified and came into force in August 2010, with states joining the convention committing to destroy their cluster munitions stocks within 10 years.

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Some notable military powers have not joined the CCM, including China, North Korea, Russia, South Korea, and the United States. The Pentagon in 2008 essentially banned cluster munitions, but fears of Russian and North Korean artillery more recently appear to have led US military officials to reconsider Gates’ policy.

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To maintain strike capabilities without cluster munitions, US Army officials are still in the process of replacing the cluster munition variant of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) – a precision fires weapon that was especially popular among artillerymen in Iraq and Afghanistan for its range and accuracy.

GMLRS’ Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Munitions (DPICM) model is being replaced with the GMLRS Alternative Warhead. The new warhead’s design uses thousands of tungsten penetrators layered around an explosive charge. Those penetrators provide the area effect, but are inert so will not result in unexploded ordinance.