Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Military Space News .

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

US dominates arms trade as Asia, Mid-East boost imports
by Staff Writers
Stockholm (AFP) Feb 21, 2016

The global transfer of major arms has risen in recent years, with the United States increasing its dominance of the trade while the flow of weaponry to Africa, Asia and the Middle East has increased, a new study published Monday showed.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report, the volume of international transfers of major weapons -- including sales and donations -- was 14 percent higher in 2011-2015 than over the five previous years, with the US and Russia doing most of the exporting.

The biggest importers were India, Saudi Arabia, China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The authors of the report singled out the conflict in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is backing the government against Iran-supported Shiite Huthi rebels.

"A coalition of Arab states is putting mainly US- and European-sourced advanced arms into use in Yemen," senior SIPRI researcher Pieter Wezeman said in the report.

- 'US arms went to 96 states' -

The United States has sold or donated major arms to a diverse range of recipients across the globe, the report said.

"As regional conflicts and tensions continue to mount, the USA remains the leading global arms supplier by a significant margin," said Aude Fleurant, director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme.

"The USA has sold or donated major arms to at least 96 states in the past five years, and the US arms industry has large outstanding export orders," including for over 600 F-35 combat aircraft, said Fleurant.

The biggest chunk of US major arms, 41 percent, went into Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East.

"Despite low oil prices, large deliveries of arms to the Middle East are scheduled to continue as part of contracts signed in the past five years," Wezeman added.

Russia remains in second place on the SIPRI exporters list, with its share of the total up three points to 25 percent, though the levels dropped in 2014 and 2015 -- coinciding with Western sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict.

India took the largest chunk of Russian weaponry and SIPRI also listed pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine among the recipients.

While the flows of weapons to Africa, Asia and Oceania and the Middle East all increased between 2006-10 and 2011-15, there had been a sharp fall in the flow to Europe and a minor decrease in the volume heading to the Americas, according to SIPRI.

The overall transfer of arms has been upwards this century after a relative drop in the previous 20 years.

China leapfrogged both France and Germany over the past five years to become the third-largest source of major arms globally, with an 88-percent rise in exports.

Most of the Chinese weapons went to other Asian countries, with Pakistan the main recipient.

India remains by far the biggest importer of major arms, accounting for 14 percent of the total; twice as much as second-placed Saudi Arabia and three times as much as China.


Related Links
The Military Industrial Complex at
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
BAE ties up with India's Mahindra for gun assembly plant
New Delhi (AFP) Feb 17, 2016
British defence giant BAE Systems has chosen India's Mahindra group to build a plant to assemble howitzer artillery guns it hopes to sell to the Indian military, the two companies said Wednesday. The Indian government is in discussions to buy 145 of BAE Systems' M777 ultra-lightweight howitzer guns through the US government's Foreign Military Sales programme. BAE's appointment of a loca ... read more

US missile system in S. Korea would hurt China's interests

US deploys more Patriot missiles in S. Korea

Moscow warns US over missile system deployment to S. Korea

AMEC receives contract to support Aegis Ashore in Poland

Saudi says it intercepted Scud missile from Yemen

Saab, Indian firm in joint venture for missile programs

Saudi Patriot 'intercepts' Scud fired from Yemen capital

Russia sends brand new cruise missile ship to Syria: report

US Prompt Global Strike'Very Dangerous' for Strategic Stability

Spain Agrees to Purchase Predator Drone System With Four Planes

Fifty Drones Guarding Russian Nuclear Missile Assets

Northrop Grumman UAS completes operational assessment

ViaSat tapped to provide tactical terminals for Apache helicopters

Harris wins place on military communications contract

General Dynamics MUOS-Manpack radio supports government testing of MUOS network

Raytheon to produce, test Navy Multiband Terminals

BAE Systems announces upgrades to engineering vehicle

Milrem unveils unmanned ground vehicle at Singapore Airshow

Court denies Lockheed Martin JLTV injunction request

Israel Aerospace Industries unveils new loitering munitions

Report: Iran considers Russian arms deal

BAE ties up with India's Mahindra for gun assembly plant

Orbital ATK establishes Singapore regional office

Russia's Kurganmashzavod filing for bankruptcy

Tokyo Rising: Japan Seeks Expanded Role in 'Global Defense and Security'

Vietnam decries Chinese missile deployment on island

China deploys missiles on disputed South China Sea island: report

China confirms "weapons" on disputed island

New ways to construct contactless magnetic gears

Scientists take nanoparticle snapshots

Scientists find a new way to make nanowire lasers

Scientists take key step toward custom-made nanoscale chemical factories

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2016 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.