in Spite of the countless military conflicts and political tensions, the arms sales in 2015 fell for the fifth year in a row. According to a report by the peace research Institute Sipri the 100 largest arms producers of weapons and military services for a total 370,7 billion dollars sold dollars (350 billion euros) and was 0.6 percent less than in the previous year.
As an indicator of disarmament, the experts in Stockholm do not suggest this development, but – quite the contrary. They emphasize, rather, that the decline has weakened, and thus a trend reversal could occur.
Nearly two-thirds (209,7 billion US dollars), the armor’s revenue went to American companies, even if they sold almost three percent less. “Lockheed Martin is the largest weapons manufacturer in the world,” said Aude Fleurant, Director, arms and military expenditure programme, Sipri. However, delays in deliveries of major weapons systems, the expenditure ceiling of the American military and the strength of the US dollar affects the Export negatively.
The West European weapons sales, after a decline in 2014, in 2015, 6.6 per cent. The sales was 95.7 billion dollars (90 billion euros). Responsible for the French in particular are. “Large weapons exports to Egypt and Qatar have increased the sales of French arms companies,” said Fleurant. Thus, the manufacturer Dassault Aviation Group would have recorded a sales increase of almost 70 percent. The three in the Top 100 listed German companies increased their sales together to 7.4 percent.
to Also cover the Russian producers increased their sales (6.2 percent), especially to the demand in the country. Overall, they decreased however in the global Ranking. In the previous year, the increases were far greater.
The production ramped up in the past year, especially South Korea, could well increase its share of the total sales of the Top 100 to almost ten percent. Three companies were newly included in the ranking list.