The United States has expanded its lead as the major global arms exporter, according to a study that monitored international transfers of major conventional weapons released today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). From the press release:
The volume of US exports of major weapons rose by 23 per cent between 2005–2009 and 2010–14. The USA’s share of the volume of international arms exports was 31 per cent in 2010–14, compared with 27 per cent for Russia. Russian exports of major weapons increased by 37 per cent between 2005–2009 and 2010–14. During the same period, Chinese exports of major arms increased by 143 per cent, making it the third largest supplier in 2010–14, however still significantly behind the USA and Russia.
‘The USA has long seen arms exports as a major foreign policy and security tool, but in recent years exports are increasingly needed to help the US arms industry maintain production levels at a time of decreasing US military expenditure’, said Dr Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Program.
Read the whole summary here.
Links to SIPRI-produced Databases:
- SIPRI Multilateral Peace Operations Database
- SIPRI Military Expenditure Database
- SIPRI Arms Transfers Database
- SIPRI Arms Embargoes Database
- SIPRI national reports database