Arms Trade & Flow

The world's export and import of arms visualized

In 2016, around 31 075 Million US$ (SIPRI Trend Indicator Value at constant 1990 prices) worth of arms were traded all around the world. In 2015, this figure was 28 448 Million US$. In 2016, this figure reached the highest value in past 26 years.

This project allows us to explore arms trade and flow in detail over time. We use the data provided by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute to try find international relations and trends in arms trade.

All the figures are SIPRI Trend Indicator Values expressed in US$ M. at constant 1990 prices

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Top 25 Exporters and Importers for 1990-2016 (Total)

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Export Values by Countries
Import Values by Countries
From the above graphs, it's clear that the United States and Russia are the major exporters of arms. USA and Russia combined supplied more arms (in terms of monetary value) from 1990-2016 than next 23 major exporters combined. The United States alone supplied more arms (in terms of monetary value) from 1990-2016 than next 20 major exporters combined excluding Russia.

Major importers of arms, understandably, are from conflict regions. Most in top importers are either in the Middle East or are middle or low-income countries. Taiwan is so high in the list because they had huge amount of imports in 1997 and 1998. China is the only country which features in top 10 of both the lists.

Time Series for Top 11 Exporters and Importers

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Export Values by Countries 
The United States and Russia are the major exporters of arms. No other country even comes close to these two countries. Even after the dissolution of USSR, Russia has steadily increased its arms flow to other countries.

Top 11 exporters are:
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Major Recipient from United States and Russia

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United States → World: 9 894 M $
Russia → World: 6 432 M $
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Arms Flow for All the Countries

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Global Arm Flow for 2016: 31 075 M $
How To read
Bars on the left represent the exporters and bars on the right, the importer. The bars are arranged in the descending order of total export on the left and total imports on the right. Click on the bars to know more about the flow from one country to another. The color key is described below:
Note: Scale for the cumulative values and yearly values are different although its same for all the values for single year.
Top 10 Exporters
Top 10 Importers