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Trends in international arms transfers, 2010

The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database now contains information on all international transfers of major conventional weapons from 1950 to the end of 2010. It is the only publicly available resource providing consistent data on international arms transfers for this length of time.

This Fact Sheet describes the trends in international arms transfers that are revealed by the new data. It lists the main suppliers and recipients for the period 200610 and describes the changes in regional trends. The volume of international transfers of major conventional weapons for the period 200610 was 24 per cent higher than for the period 20012005. The five biggest suppliers in 200610 were the United States, Russia, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. The five biggest recipients were India, China, South Korea, Pakistan and Greece.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)/EDITORS

Paul Holtom was the Director of the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme.
Mark Bromley is the Co-Director of the SIPRI Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control programme.
Pieter D. Wezeman is a Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme.
Siemon T. Wezeman is a Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme.