TDN World Desk: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) found transfer of arms increase by 5.5 percent in 2015-19. Saudi Arabia is the world’s larges arms importer. After Saudi Arabia, India and Egypt are the world’s top two arms importer.
While, the world’s top five arms exporters are the Unites States, Russia, France , Germany and China, Israel also makes a record increase in arms sales. Israel’s arms export increased by 77 percent in 2015-2019. according to this newly published data by SIPRI, currently Israel is the eighth largest arms exporter in the world.
Haaretz, an Israeli news source, mentioned from a senior researcher in the institute that “Half of U.S. arms exports in the past five years went to the Middle East, and half of those went to Saudi Arabia.”
The UAE, which has bee involved in military war with yemen, as well as with Libya over the past five years, is the world’s eigth largest arms importer. Egypt has tripled its arms imports since president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi usurped the presidential post overthrowing democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi.