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World arms industry statistics by country (4 tables and charts)

from David Ruccio


Last year, the United States led the world in arms sales, with a total of $36.2 billion in worldwide arms transfer agreements. Russia took a distant second place with $10.2 billion in agreements, out of a global total of $71.8 billion in 2014.

In other words, according to new report from the Congressional Research Service on “Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2007-2014” (pdf), dated 21 December 2015, the United States is far and away the number one military-industrial complex in the world.

Here are excerpts of an analysis of the report from the New York Times:

Foreign arms sales by the United States jumped by almost $10 billion in 2014, about 35 percent, even as the global weapons market remained flat and competition among suppliers increased, a new congressional study has found.

American weapons receipts rose to $36.2 billion in 2014 from $26.7 billion the year before, bolstered by multibillion-dollar agreements with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. Those deals and others ensured that the United States remained the single largest provider of arms around the world last year, controlling just over 50 percent of the market.

Russia followed the United States as the top weapons supplier, completing $10.2 billion in sales, compared with $10.3 billion in 2013. Sweden was third, with roughly $5.5 billion in sales, followed by France with $4.4 billion and China with $2.2 billion. . .

The report to Congress found that total global arms sales rose slightly in 2014 to $71.8 billion, from $70.1 billion in 2013. Despite that increase, the report concluded that “the international arms market is not likely growing over all,” because of “the weakened state of the global economy.”

It was the second successive year that global sales remained steady, suggesting that the market has begun to level off after several years of extreme fluctuation.

Here are the totals, in constant 2014 dollars, for the 2007-2014 period:


And the percentages of the total for the major exporters over the same period:


For the past seven years (and, of course, much longer), the vast majority of arms sales have been from developed to developing countries, especially in the Middle East and Asia:



  1. Jorge Buzaglo
    January 2, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Data from SIPRI: Arms exports for the 15 largest exporters, year 2014 (http://armstrade.sipri.org/armstrade/page/toplist.php)

    OBS: million dollars at constant 1990 prices–multiply by 1.8 to adjust for CPI inflation

    1. United States 10194
    2. Russia 5971
    3. France 1978
    4. United Kingdom 1704
    5. Germany 1200
    6. Spain 1110
    7. China 1083
    8. Israel 824
    9. Italy 786
    10. Ukraine 664
    11. Netherlands 561
    12. Sweden 394
    13. Switzerland 350
    14. Turkey 274
    15. Canada 234
    Others 982
    Total 28308

  2. Jorge Buzaglo
    January 12, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    It is interesting to see how the picture changes completely when we measure arms exports per capita for the 15 largest expporters (for the same year (2014), in million (1990) dollars):
    1. Israel 96.9
    2. Switzerland 42.2
    3. Russia 40.9
    4. Sweden 40.2
    5. Netherlands 33.0
    6. USA 31.7
    7. France 29.7
    8. United Kingdom 26.0
    9. Spain 23.9
    10. Ukraine 15.5
    11. Germany 14.8
    12. Italy 12.9
    13. Canada 6.5
    14. Turkey 3.5
    15. China 0.8
    Data from SIPRI and Wikipedia

  3. Jorge Buzaglo
    January 14, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Corrigendum: The units in the above table on arms exports per capita are (1990) dollars, not millions of (1990) dollars.

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