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Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 1995-2002

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This report is prepared annually to provide unclassified quantitative data on conventional arms transfers to developing nations by the United States and foreign countries for the preceding 8 calendar years. Some general data are provided on worldwide conventional arms transfers, but the principal focus is the level of arms transfers by major weapons suppliers to nations in the developing world. Developing nations continue to be the primary focus of foreign arms sales activity by weapons suppliers. During the years 1995-2002, the value of arms transfer agreements with developing nations comprised 66.2 of all such agreements worldwide. More recently, arms transfer agreements with developing nations constituted 64.6 of all such agreements globally from 1999-2002, and 60.6 of these agreements in 2002. The value of all arms transfer agreements with developing nations in 2002 was nearly 17.7 billion. This was an increase over 2001, but still the second lowest total, in real terms, for the entire period from 1995-2002. In 2001, the value of all arms deliveries to developing nations was nearly 17 billion, the lowest total in deliveries values for the entire period from 1995-2002 in constant 2002 dollars. Recently, from 1999-2002, the United States and Russia have dominated the arms market in the developing world, with the United States ranking first and Russia second each of the last four years in the value of arms transfer agreements. From 1999-2002, the United States made 37.8 billion in arms transfer agreements with developing nations, in constant 2002 dollars, 41.9 of all such agreements. Russia, the second leading supplier during this period, made 23 billion in arms transfer agreements, or 25.5.. France, the third leading supplier from 1999-2002, made 4.8 billion or 5.3 of all such agreements with developing nations during these years.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science

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