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SIPRI Arms Transfers Database

The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database contains information on all transfers of major conventional arms from 1950 to the most recent full calendar year. It is a unique resource for researchers, policymakers and analysts, the media and civil society interested in monitoring and measuring the international flow of major conventional arms.

The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database was updated on 11 March 2024. The database includes updated data on transfers of major arms for 1950–2023, which replaces all previous data on arms transfers published by SIPRI.

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The database can be used to address a range of questions, including:

  •     Who are the suppliers and recipients of major conventional weapons?
  •     What weapons have been exported or imported by specific suppliers or recipients?
  •     How have the relationships between different suppliers and recipients changed over time?
  •     Where do countries in conflict get their weapons from?
  •     How do states implement their export control regulations?
  •     Where are potentially destabilizing build ups of weapons occurring?
  •     What is the relationship between access to natural resources and arms transfers?


The publicly accessible database is updated annually. A brief overview of highlights of the preceding year and more general trends in international arms transfers is published to coincide with the release of each year’s new data set. A broader analysis is published every year in the SIPRI Yearbook.

Click here for further detail on SIPRI’s research on international arms transfers.

For user rules for the SIPRI Arms Transfers Database, including the policy on fair use of the data, see the terms and conditions. For further information about the database see the sources and methods. To report potential errors or suggest improvements to the database please contact