Saturday, December 31, 2016

US leads global weapons sales again

The United States again ranked first in global weapons sales last year, signing deals for about $40 billion, or half of all agreements worldwide. The largest buyers of arms in 2015 were Qatar, signing deals for more than $17 billion in weapons last year, followed by Egypt ($12 billion), and Saudi Arabia with over $8 billion.

The total size of the global arms trade dropped to around $80 billion in 2015 from the 2014 total of $89 billion.