SIPRI Report: India remains on top in terms of arms imports, Pakistan increases imports - Newztezz Online


Tuesday, March 14, 2023

SIPRI Report: India remains on top in terms of arms imports, Pakistan increases imports


SIPRI Report on Arms Importers: India remains the world's top arms importer, although its imports declined by 11 percent between 2013-17 and 2018-22. This information was given in a report released on Monday (March 13) by Stockholm-based think tank 'SIPRI'. Pakistan is also mentioned in the report. It said that during 2018-22, there was a 14 percent increase in imports from Pakistan, the world's eighth largest arms importer, with China being its main supplier.

The report said that Ukraine became the world's third-largest arms importer last year after receiving military aid from the US and Europe following the Russian invasion. Pieter D Wezeman, a senior researcher associated with SIPRI, said that on the one hand, where there was a decline in arms imports last year, due to increasing tensions with Russia, there was a spurt in arms purchases in European countries.

These are the five biggest importer and exporter countries of the world

The report said that the decline in India's arms imports is related to a complex procurement process, diversification of arms suppliers and preference for domestic designs over imports. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said that the world's five largest arms importers during the year 2018-22 were India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Australia and China. According to the report, the five largest arms exporters include the US, Russia, France, China and Germany.

France second largest arms supplier to India

India received 30 percent of French arms exports during 2018-22. At the same time, France became the second largest arms supplier to India after Russia. Earlier, America used to be second in the matter of supplying arms to India. According to Peter Wegemann, France is gaining a greater share of the global arms market due to the decline in Russian arms exports, as seen for example in India. 

Saudi Arabia's number after India in arms importers

The report states that three of the top 10 importers during 2018-22 were from the Middle East, including the names of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt. Saudi Arabia was the world's second largest arms importer during 2018-22. It received 9.6 percent of all arms imports during this period. At the same time, between 2013-17 and 2018-22, Qatar's arms imports registered a 311 percent increase, due to which it became the world's third largest arms importer during 2018-22.

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