How we work

CAR investigation teams work on the ground in active armed conflicts. The teams document weapons at the point of use and track their sources back through the chains of supply.

CAR teams investigate weapons in a variety of conflict-related situations—be they recovered by state security forces, surrendered at the cessation of hostilities, cached, or held by insurgent forces.

CAR is committed to working towards understanding the landscape of illicit weapon flows and to mitigating the supply of conventional arms to unauthorised users, including insurgent and terrorist forces.
By aggregating data on thousands of individual weapon transfers, CAR provides the evidence-based information required to develop effective weapon management and control.

How we work

CAR uploads all verified findings onto its EU-funded iTrace Global Weapon Reporting System.



Group of companies

CAR comprises a group of companies. Its parent company, Conflict Armament Research Ltd (CAR – UK), is a for-profit entity, registered in England and Wales in 2011. CAR has since incorporated various entities to implement regionally focused areas of activity, including:

  • Conflict Armament Research – Support Ltd. (CAR UK – Support), established in 2016.
  • Conflict Armament Research BV (CAR – EU), established in 2018.
  • Conflict Armament Research US – Support Inc. (CAR US – Support), established in 2021.

CAR companies do not operate independent websites. This website incorporates outputs from across the group.

CAR Group Structure


CAR investigation teams work in active armed conflicts across the globe, including theatres of international concern, such as Iraq, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria.


CAR is grateful to have received funding from the following governments, agencies, and trusts. This support enables CAR to sustain its global counter-diversion operations.


CAR provides a range of solutions to meet the needs of various organisations including governments and NGOs.


CAR field teams physically inspect and photograph weapons on the ground, at the place of recovery.