Asharq Al-awsat English Middle-east and International News and Opinion from Asharq Al-awsat Newspaper

Half of Israel’s Arms Exports Go to India

Half of Israel’s Arms Exports Go to India

Friday, 16 March, 2018 - 06:45
Israeli soldiers patrolling along the Israeli-Lebanese border on January 20, 2014. AFP file photo

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has said that Israel was the world's eighth largest arms exporter, a 55 percent increase in weapons exports in the past five years.

The report of Swedish-based SIPRI said India imports 49 percent of Israel’s arms.

Arms imports in the Middle East increased by 103 per cent in the past ten years, representing 32 percent of the volume of arms transfers in the world.

The largest customers for Israeli arms between 2013 and 2017 were India (49 percent) followed by Azerbaijan (13 percent) and Vietnam (6.3 percent), the institute reported.

Israel’s exports, included missiles, radars (and other sensors) and unmanned aerial vehicles, it said.

India and Azerbaijan procured loitering munitions from Israel, according to the report.

It added that Israel is the 17th largest importer of arms in the world, 60 percent of which came from the United States, followed by Germany (30 percent) and Italy (10 percent).

Israel’s arms imports also increased by 125 percent in the past five years, SIPRI said.

Editor Picks