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  • Germany Becomes Third Largest Arms Exporter
    Posted by Nicholas Fiorenza 4:24 PM on Mar 15, 2010

    Over the last five years, Germany has risen to the rank of the world's third largest arms exporter after the United States and Russia, according to figures released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) today. The volume of Germany’s arms exports increased by over 100 per cent in 2005–2009 compared to the previous five years and its share of the global arms market rose from six to 11 per cent, SIPRI calculates.

    French arms exports rose by 30 per cent over the same period, putting France in fourth place, and British arms exports actually fell by 13 per cent, ranking the UK the world's fifth largest arms exporter. The Netherlands is not far behind, in sixth place, accounting for four per cent of arms exports, nearly the same level as the UK.

    Armored vehicles accounted for 27 percent of German arms exports in 2005–2009, with over 1,700 armored vehicles exported to 21 destinations, mainly in Europe. Over 1,100 of these armored vehicles were second-hand, including 220 Leopard 1A5s for Brazil, 140 Leopard 2A4s for Chile and 40 Leopard 2A4s for Singapore.

    The first German television channel, ARD, quoted Mark Bromley of SIPRI as saying there was no special strategy behind the rise in German arms exports but rather expertise in areas such as conventional submarines. ARD reported that Turkey and Greece are customers for German submarines and second-hand Leopard 2s and that Portugal and South Korea have also ordered German submarines. The TV channel said the 8.7 billion euros SIPRI values German arms exports at over the last five years are higher than German government figures, which do not include second-hand equipment.

    Tags: ar99, Germany, exports

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