The arms industry
- Analysis of recent developments in the arms industry, at the company level and in a national and international perspective. See Trends in arms production.
- Maintenance of the SIPRI arms industry database on arms-producing companies.
- Presentation of analysis and data in the .
arms industry database
The SIPRI arms industry database was created in 1989. It contains financial data and employment data for arms-producing companies in the OECD and developing countries (except China). Data on the arms sales and employment of the 100 largest arms-producing companies in these countries are presented annually in a data appendix (SIPRI Top 100) to the chapter on arms production in the .
The SIPRI data on arms-producing companies are based on open sources, including a SIPRI Questionnaire on arms production, which is sent out annually to selected companies. Other sources include company annual reports and articles in journals and newspapers. Estimates of arms sales are made on the basis of open information. The database is served by a network of experts who provide the programme with company data and analytical support.