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Mapping the International Presence of the World’s Largest Arms Companies

Arms companies have a presence that reaches far beyond the countries in which they are headquartered. This is the result of the international­ization of the arms industry. This paper uses a new data set to examine the results of this internationalization in terms of the international presence of major arms companies. It presents a mapping comprising 400 foreign entities linked to the world’s largest arms companies.

The mapping shows that the international presence of major arms companies continues to be influenced by geopolitical divisions and ties, and generally mirrors the geographical locations of the world’s biggest arms import markets. It also reveals that the international presence of major Chinese arms companies and the one Russian company included in the study remains limited.

Appendix A lists the 25 largest arms-producing and military services companies in the world, ranked by their arms sales in 2019.

Contents

I. Introduction

II. Mapping the foreign entities of the world’s largest arms companies

III. Understanding the international presence of the world’s largest arms companies    

IV. Conclusions 

Appendix A. The 25 largest arms-producing and military services companies in the world, 2019

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)/EDITORS

Alexandra Marksteiner is a Research Assistant in the SIPRI Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme..
Dr Lucie Béraud-Sudreau is Director of the Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme.
Dr Diego Lopes da Silva is a Researcher with the SIPRI Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme.
Dr Nan Tian is a Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme.
Alexandra Kuimova is a Researcher with the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme.
Pieter D. Wezeman is a Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme.
Siemon T. Wezeman is a Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme.