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“De ces” instead of “des” when “de” is partitive?

I encountered this sentence while reading Astérix, shouted by a Roman soldier as he flees Assurancetourix's singing in the forest: Ils ont de ces armes secrètes, les gaulois, qui devraient être ...
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Does “il y en a” always mean “there is / are some”? Does “il n'y en a pas” always mean “there isn't / aren't any”?

Do these constructions have a standardized way of being translated into English, or can their translation vary based on context? More details: I have noticed that these constructions are usually ...