Russia and the United States recognized leaders in the export of weapons

Russia and the United States remains the world’s largest exporters of conventional arms. This conclusion follows from the report of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which contains data on the supply of major weapons and military equipment since 2011.

The rankings in the first place traditionally in the United States, whose share of the global arms market is exactly one-third - 33%. And the main export flows accounted for Saudi Arabia (9.7%), United Arab Emirates (9.1%) and Turkey (6.6%). In general, the Middle East falls to 41% of US weapons to countries in Asia and Oceania, - another 40%. Compared with the previous “five-year plan” (from 2006 to 2011), the volume of shipments increased by 27%. These results RIA Novosti reported with reference to the text of the report.

In turn, Russia ranks second in the global arms market, and controls a quarter - 25%. According to SIPRI, the main recipients of Russian arms were India (39%), China (11%) and Vietnam (11%) over the last five years. In general, over the past five years, the Russian arms exports increased by 25%.

In third place in the ranking is China - 5.9% of the global arms market, followed by France - 5.6%, and the fifth place is Germany with 4.7%.

SIPRI Independent Analytical Center was founded in 1966, is engaged in studies of conflict and arms control.

22 February 2016

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