No official subcategory exists describing conventional weapons that cannot be categorized as small arms/ light weapons (SALW), landmines or small missile- and grenade launchers. Yet these weapons make up the biggest part of spending on weaponry by states. In 2005 the world’ general spending on arms reached acording to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) $1118 billion in current dollars. The majority of the money is used to buy and replace conventional weapons rather than weapons of mass destruction (WMD). All the recent wars were fought with heavy weaponry, such as tanks, planes, ships, artillery and missiles, causing thousands of deaths and major destruction.
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