International arms transfers

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SIPRI researchers have been studying international arms transfers since 1968. Research is currently divided into three areas: Measuring international arms transfers; Transparency in international arms transfers; and Controlling international arms transfers. Research findings are presented in the SIPRI Yearbook and other SIPRI and non-SIPRI publications. SIPRI also maintains the Arms Transfers Database - which includes information on all international transfers of major conventional weapons since 1950 - as well as a database of all international and multilateral arms embargoes.
SIPRI ARMS TRANSFERS DATA LAUNCH 2015

The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database
containing information on all transfers of major weapons from 1950 to the most recent full calendar year 2014, has been updated.
Further information on the recent trends are now available to view here

***SIPRI - Arms Industry Data Launch 2015 (released 14 December 2015)***

The SIPRI Top 100 and recent trends data has now been updated and is available to view here.


RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE


'War Gains: Bulgarian Arms Add Fuel to Middle East Conflicts', VALUES, 21 December 2015
'Global arms industry continues to boom' Counting the Cost (video segment begins after 11m.30s), Al Jazeera, 20 December 2015
'SIPRI Annual Arms Sales Report Reflects Surge in Russian Military Production', Defence Update, 15 December 2015
'Western arms makers see sales fall, Russia rises: SIPRI', Pakistani Today, 15 December 2015
'Les groupes d’armements français du top 100 du SIPRI affichent tous des baisses de leur chiffre d’affaires' (The French armaments groups SIPRI Top 100 all show declines in sales)', OSINTPOL, 14 December 2015
'Sipri: Russland steigert Waffenverkäufe weiter (Russia boosts arms sales continue)', Stern, 14 December 2015
'Vapenförsäljningen ökar i flera länder (Weapons sales are increasing in several countries)', Dagens Nyheter, 14 December 2015
'Rysk vapenindustri växer (Russian aems industry grows)', YLE Nyheter, 14 December 2015
'Sipri: Venäjä valtaa jalansijaa asemarkkinoilla (Sipri: Russia is gaining ground in the market)', ILTALEHTI, 14 December 2015
'Western arms makers see sales fall', Sky News Australia, 14 December 2015
'작년 러시아 무기 판매 급증…서방은 소폭 감소 (Last year, Russian arms sales surge ... the West is slightly reduced)' SBS News, 14 December 2015
'SIPRI report illuminates rising arms sales' DW (Deutsche Welle), 14 December 2015
'Konzerne verkaufen weniger Waffen (Companies sell fewer weapons)', Tagesschau.de, 14 December 2015
'SIPRI: Продажбите на западните производители на оръжие падат, руските се вдигат
(SIPRI: Sales of Western arms manufacturers fall, Russia will be lifted)', Focus Information Agency, 14 December 2015
'SIPRI: 11 российских компаний вошли в топ-100 мировых производителей оружия и военных услуг
(SIPRI: 11 Russian companies included in the top 100 global manufacturers of arms and military services)', Rambler News Service, 14 December 2015

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Recent Publications

L’approvisionnementen armement duCanada :une vision parcellaireet des objectifs imprécis

Aude-Emmanuelle Fleurant, Yannick Quéau
Policy Options Politiques
21 January 2016
Available here

The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies, 2014

Aude-Emmanuelle Fleurant, Sam Perlo-Freeman, Pieter D. Wezeman, Siemon T. Wezeman and Noel Kelly
SIPRI Fact Sheet
December 2015
Available here

The 2015 UN Register on Conventional Arms: still time to improve

Pieter D. Wezeman and Siemon T. Wezeman
SIPRI Expert comment
18 September 2015
Available here

Trends in international arms transfers, 2014

Siemon T. Wezeman and Pieter D. Wezeman
SIPRI Fact Sheet
March 2015
Available here










 

Older publications can be accessed here.

Recent Activities
12 November, Stockholm, Sweden

Presentation to Swedish parliamentarians: Military expenditures in Northern Europe and the Baltic region

Pieter Wezeman and Siemon Wezeman, Senior Researchers with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, gave a presentation to the Defence Committee of the Swedish Parliament on military expenditure in Russia, the Baltic states, Poland, Germany, Finland, Norway and Sweden. For information about this event contact Pieter Wezeman.

11 November, Geneva, Switzerland

Considering the Drivers for the Weaponization of Increasingly Autonomous Technologies

Dr. Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, attended the above titled conference. Dr. Fleurant participated in a panel discussion on 'Weaponization of Autonomy'. For more information about the conference see here or contact Aude Fleurant.

28 October, Bonn, Germany

Conference: Networks of organised violence

Senior Researcher Pieter Wezeman with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme attended this conference organised by the Bonn International Center for Conversion. Pieter Wezeman spoke on military technology and regional stability. For more information about this event, contact Pieter Wezeman.

30 September, Brussels, Belgium

Conference: Post-conflict states and public procurement. Strategic, economic and legal challenges and opportunities

SIPRI Senior Researcher, Dr. Sam Perlo-Freeman, with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, attended this conference organized by: the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union and the Institute of Legal Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Dr Perlo-Freeman spoke on arms procurement in post-conflict states. For more information about this event, contact Sam Perlo-Freeman.

29- 30 September, Berlin, Germany

12th Annual Handelsblatt Conference: Security Policy and the Defence Industry

Dr. Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, attended the above titled conference. At the conference Dr. Fleurant participated in a panel discussion on 'European Arms Cooperation and Collaboration'. For more information about the conference see here or contact Aude Fleurant.

10- 11 September, Berlin, Germany

Tiergartan Conference: Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in a Period of Global Upheaval

Dr. Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, attended the above titled conference organised by Fredrich Ebert Foundation (FES). At the conference Dr. Fleurant participated in a panel on 'German Arms export policy: Between Political values, military imperatives and economic interests’. For more information about the conference see here or contact Aude Fleurant.


 













Older activities can be accessed here.

 

 

 

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SIPRI’s International Arms Transfers, Arms Production and Military Expenditure projects are now combined into one programme, the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme.  

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