The Top 5 Countries that Export the Most Arms 2011
Value (for the year 2011)
World Percentage (from 2006 to 2010)
Sources: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Arms Transfers Database 2012.
List Notes: Data is top arms exporting countries expressed in U.S. dollars for the year 2011. World percentage is from the years 2006 to 2010.List is ranked according to value.
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The volume of international
transfers of major conventional
weapons for the period 2006 to 2010
was 24 per cent higher than for
the period 2001 to 2005.
The top five suppliers
accounted for 75 per cent of all
exports of major conventional
weapons in 2006 to 2010, compared
with 80 per cent in 2001 to 2005.
The United States delivered weapons to
75 recipients in 2006– 2010, more than
any other supplier. Asia and Oceania
was the biggest recipient region of
US weapons—accounting for 44 per
cent of US deliveries, including
22 per cent in total for South Korea,
Japan and Taiwan. The Middle East
accounted for 28 per cent and
Europe for 19 per cent. Among the
USA's deliveries in 2010 were
52 combat aircraft, 2439 armoured
vehicles and 108 tanks. Nearly all
armoured vehicles went to US allies
for use in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Russia exported around 67 per cent of its arms to Asia in 2006– 2010 and 14 per
cent to Africa. India was the largest recipient of Russian arms exports and in
2010 gave its strongest signal to date of continued interest in joint production
with Russia of transport and advanced combat aircraft. Despite Russia’s
concerns with China’s copying of its weapon technology and the potential
competition on the international arms market, Russia is willing to provide
China with S-400 air defence systems, Il-476 transport aircraft and
Su-33 carrier-borne combat aircraft for the right price. In 2010 Russia
announced that it would not supply five S-300 air defence systems to Iran. It
still has outstanding orders for S-300 systems for Algeria, Libya, Kazakhstan
and Venezuela. Armenia revealed in 2010 that it was in possession of at least
two S-300 systems supplied by Russia.
States in Asia and Oceania
received 43 per cent of all
imports of major conventional
weapons in 2006– 2010, followed
by Europe (21 per cent), the
Middle East (17 per cent), the
Americas (12 per cent) and
Africa (7 per cent).
Top 5 facts sources:
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Yearbook. (2011). "Armaments Disarmament and International Security." Retrieved April 15th, 2012.
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