Venda de armas sempre a aumentar...
Germany increases weapon sales by 70% 06:18 GMT, April 28, 2009
"The world arms trade has increased by 20% in five years, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said yesterday in its newly released five-year arms transfers report. The watchdog group revealed a significant rise in arms transfers to the Middle East and East Asian countries, as well as the Caucasus countries and Pakistan.
The US was by far the largest arms supplier, accounting for 31% of global weapons exports over the past five years, with South Korea (15%), Israel (13%), and UAE (11%) as its main recipients.
Next to the US, the five largest weapon supplier includes, in order of sales, Russia, Germany, France and the UK.
Russia remains the second largest arms exporter in the world. Mega-deals with China, India, Venezuela and Algeria have helped to maintain Russia's position in the global ranking.
The volume of Germany’s arms exports increased by 70 per cent between 1999–2003 and 2004–2008, and its share of the global market rose from 7 per cent to 10 per cent. Much of this increase was due to exports to European destinations, which grew by 123 per cent. The two largest recipients were Greece and Turkey which, between them, accounted for nearly one-third of German exports. In recent years, both countries have received Leopard-2A4 tanks as well as licenses to build submarines.
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