Military hardware that translates into hard cash
Tuesday 19 August 1997
However, systems like this are subject to export controls. Insurgent armies want light, portable and simple weapons like rifles, mortars and rocket launchers. These are subject to weaker export controls and are easily smuggled.
A small operator might find it easier to make money by brokering. The Mil-Tec scandal, which broke in November last year, involved a British firm organising the supply of arms to the former Rwandan government. Arms were moved from Israel and Albania via Zaire to Rwanda. Though the deal was organised from the Isle of Man, it was not subject to British export controls.
"Force multipliers" are another profitable area for a smaller operator. The Croatian victory over the Krajina Serbs in 1995 was aided by tactical radios, medical supplies and field rations, all largely exempt from controls. As international sanctions increase, smaller entrepreneurs are likely to switch to this type of trade.
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