Arms not been so large since the Cold War

Arms not been so large since the Cold War

The global arms trade in the period 2012-2016 is by 8.4 percent, increasing compared with the five-year period. The trade in arms, which reached the largest size in a five-year period since the end of the Cold War.

That is according to figures from the Stockholm International peace research Institute (Sipri), which on Monday published.

The growing arms trade was driven by demand from countries in Asia, Oceania and the Middle East. The five largest exporters in the years 2012-2016, the United States, Russia, China, France and Germany. Collectively, they took 74 percent of the sell on their behalf.

The USA alone accounted for one-third of the total exports, and supplied weapons to at least one hundred countries. Russia, with almost a quarter of the sales resulted in particular to four countries: India, Vietnam, China and Algeria.


India was the last five years the main client, with 13 percent of the global arms imports. An increase of 43% in comparison with the five-year period. It is followed by Saudi Arabia, which are imports by 212 percent saw a rise.

In Europe decreased imports by 36 percent over the 2007-2011 period. The institute expects that the influx of European countries in the coming period will rise due to pending orders that already in this period are done. The Sipri mentions this specifically to the purchase of fighter aircraft.

The Sipri in Stockholm is generally as an independent and trustworthy institute.

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