The Top 5 Largest Suppliers of Major Conventional Weapons

  Country Share of Global Arms Exports Main Recipients
1 United States 30% South Korea (14%)
Australia (9%)
UAE (8%)
2 Russia 23% India (33%)
China (23%)
Algeria (13%)
3 Germany 11% Greece (15%)
South Africa (11%)
Turkey (10%)
4 France 7% Singapore (23%)
UAE (16%)
Greece (12%)
5 United Kingdom 4% USA (23%)
Saudi Arabia (19%)
India (10%)
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  1. The USA delivered weapons to 75 recipients in 2006–10, 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. (a.)
  2. Russia exported around 67 per cent of its arms to Asia in 2006–10 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. (a.)
  3. The volume of Germany’s arms exports increased by over 96 per cent between the periods 2001–2005 and 2006–10, and its share of the global market rose from 7 per cent to 11 per cent. Ships accounted for 44 per cent of German arms exports in the period 2006–10. (a.)
  4. The volume of British arms exports decreased by 11 per cent between the periods 2001–2005 and 2006–10. In 2006–10, aircraft accounted for 50 per cent of British arms exports. Deliveries included the first 16 of 72 Eurofighter Typhoon to Saudi Arabia and the first 36 of 66 Hawk-100 trainer aircraft to India. Only 16 of the Hawks were directly delivered from the UK, while 8 were assembled in India and 12 were built under licence there. Additionally, the UK continued the supply to the USA M-777 155-mm towed guns for use in Afghanistan. (a.)
  5. India was the world’s largest importer of major conventional weapons in 2006–10. Its volume of deliveries in 2006–10 was 21 per cent higher than in 2001–2005. Aircraft accounted for 71 per cent of its imports, with deliveries in 2010 of 35 Su-30MKI and 10 MiG-29SMT combat aircraft from Russia as well as a second Phalcon airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft from Israel. (a.)
Top 5 facts sources:
  1. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Yearbook. (2011). "Armaments Disarmament and International Security" Retrieved May 2012.
Tags: The United States, The United Kingdom, War and the Military, Weapons and Arms Statistics, France

Sources:  Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Yearbook 2011: Armaments Disarmament and International Security.

List Notes: Data is the five largest suppliers of major conventional weapons from the years 2006 to 2010.
Largest Suppliers of Major Conventional Weapons

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