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Appendix 6A. The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing companies, 2008

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Summary

The SIPRI Top 100 list ranks the largest arms-producing companies in the world (outside China) according to their arms sales.

The 10 largest arms producing companies, 2008
  Company
(country)
Arms sales
($ m.)
Profit
($ m.)
  1  BAE Systems (UK) 32 420  3 250
  2  Lockheed Martin 29 880  3 217
  3  Boeing  29 200  2 672
  4  Northrop Grumman 26 090 -1 262
  5  General Dynamics 22 780 2 459
  6   Raytheon 21 030 1 672
  7  EADS (trans-Europe) 17 900 2 302
  8  Finmeccanica (Italy) 13 240 996
  9  L-3 Communications 12 160 949
10  Thales (France) 10 760 952

Companies are US-based, unless indicated otherwise. The profit figures are from all company activities, including non-military sales.

Almaz Antei tripled its arms sales since 2003 to reach $4.3 billion in 2008, entering the top 20—a first for a Russian company. No Australian-owned company appeared in the SIPRI Top 100 for 2008 following BAE Systems’ acquisition of Tenix Defence Systems in early 2008. Hewlett-Packard entered the Top 100 following its acquisition of EDS, a former Top 100 arms-producing company.

National or regional shares of arms sales for the SIPRI Top 100 for 2008
Region/
country
No. of
companies
Arms sales
($ b.)
USA 44  229.9
Western Europe 34  122.1
Russia 10.8
Israel 7.0
Japan 6.9
India 4.2
South Korea 1.8
Singapore 1.3
Canada 0.7
Total 100 384.7

Figures refer to the arms sales of Top 100 companies headquartered in each country or region, including those of their foreign subsidiaries, not the sales of arms actually produced in that country or region.

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