Russia’s arms exports to India fell by a whopping 42 per cent between 2014-18 and 2009-2013, according to Trends in International Arms Transfers 2018 Report.
- Russia accounted for 58 per cent of total Indian arms imports in 2014-2018, compared with 76 per cent in 2009-2013.
- India was the world’s second largest importer of major arms in 2014-18 and accounted for 9.5% of the global total.
- After eight years of holding the position of the largest importer of weapons, India has been superseded by Saudi Arabia and dropped down to become the second largest importer of weapons in the world.
- Israel, the USA and France have increased their arms exports to India in 2014-18.
- Five largest Arm exporters in 2014-18 were the United States, Russia, France, Germany and China.
- Five largest Arm importers were Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Australia and Algeria.
- Pakistan recorded a 39% dip in arms imports in 2014-18 compared to 2009-13, with the US becoming “increasingly reluctant” to provide military aid or sell arms to Pakistan.
- US arms exports to Pakistan fell 81% between 2009-13 and 2014-18. Pakistan has instead turned to other suppliers. For example, in 2018 it ordered four frigates and 30 combat helicopters from Turkey.
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