The SIPRI Arms Industry Database contains information on arms-producing and military services companies (‘arms companies’). It includes public and private companies but excludes manufacturing or maintenance units of the armed services. The database contains financial data for arms companies based on open sources. Sources include company annual reports and articles in journals and newspapers. Estimates of arms sales are made on the basis of open information. The data for all years is revised annually based on new information.
The SIPRI Arms Industry Database was created in 1989. At that time, it excluded data for companies in countries in Eastern Europe, including the Soviet Union. The data set has been updated over the years. The current version includes data for Russian companies from 2002 onwards and for some Chinese companies from 2015 onwards.*
For full details of SIPRI’s user rules for the database, please see the Terms and Conditions.
The SIPRI Top 100 Database
* Other Chinese companies may have arms sales high enough to rank among the Top 100, but there is insufficient data to include them in the ranking.