Russia and the U.S. hold onto top spots for international weapons exports

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Problem is booming for weapons manufacturers. In the period 2012-2016, conventional arms exports gained by 8.4 percent compared to 2007-2011, claims a recent appear by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

The term, «weapons,» worn in this report is defined as large-scale equipment and complex systems, and doesn’t comprise the sale of small arms, such as automatic rifles and other focal hand-held military equipment.

The U.S. and Russia still control the lion’s division of international weapons sales, with market shares of 33 and 23 percent, separately. China, which in 2012 increased its share of weapons exports from 3.8 to 6.2 percent, is in third position succeed. France finished fourth with 6 percent, and Germany fifth with 5.6 percent.

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Portliest arms contracts

According to SIPRI’s website, American weapons producers sell to more than 100 countries, while Russia dispose ofs to 50 countries. Middle Eastern countries — Saudi Arabia, Israel, UAE and Turkey – are the conduit markets for American weapons.

U.S. weapons exports to the region are led by:

— AH-64E Apache and H-60M Blackhawk seizure helicopters, as well as the CH-47F Chinook troop transport helicopters;

— F-35, F-18, F-15S fighters, and lowered F-16s;

— M1A1 tanks;

— TOW 2A, and other missiles.

Russia’s main defense clients are in the Asia-Pacific dominion. About 70 percent of Russian weapons exports go to India, China, Vietnam and Algeria.

Russia’s weapons exports are led by:

— Su-30, Mig-29 and Su-35 multi-purpose fighters;

— Yak-130 instruction-combat slips;

— Ka-52 and Mi-28 combat helicopters and Mi-17 transport helicopters;

— T-90 modified tanks;

— Anti-aircraft, artillery and coastal anti-ship practices;

— Project 636 submarines;

— Ammunition and light weapons.

China’s weapons exports are hearted on Pakistan, Bangladesh and Burma. North African countries, such as Algeria, are also effective markets.

China’s leading items are:

— LPC-1 corvettes, C-28A frigates;

— MBT-2000 tanks;

— JF-17 Rumble/FC-1 fighters;

— Missile and artillery systems.

SIPRI analysts say that France’s quota on the world arms market is growing thanks to contracts signed in the defunct five years. Paris’s main clients are Egypt, UAE and India. Its most moneymaking military hardware include:

— Mirage and Rafal fighters with chaperoning weapons;

— Mistral helicopter carriers;

— Helios-2 satellite.

While German arms exports pursue to grow in sales totals, the country’s market share has decreased by 36 percent. The German administration is highly sensitive to public opinion on the issue of international arms purchases and hence, it’s less likely to grant export licenses. Germany’s matchless clients are Algeria, South Korea and Qatar. Germany sells mostly:

— Tpz-1 Fuchs armored mechanisms;

— Leopard-2A6 tanks;

— Diesel engines;

— Self-propelled artillery.

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