Trends in International Arms Transfers, 2012. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Paul Holtom et al. March 2013.
The volume of international transfers of major conventional weapons was 17 per cent higher in the period 2008-12 than in 2003-2007 (see figure 1). The five biggest exporters in the period 2008-12 were the United States, Russia, Germany, France and China. This is the first time since the end of the cold war that a state from outside Europe and North America has appeared among the five largest arms exporters. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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