India was the world’s largest arms importer between 2018 and 2022, accounting for 11 per cent of global imports, according to fresh data released by the Sweden-based Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
- The volume of international transfers of major arms in 2018 22 was 5.1 per cent lower than in 2013-17 and 4.8 per cent higher than in 2008-12.
- The five largest arms exporters in 2018-22 were the United States, Russia, France, China and Germany. Together, they supplied 76 per cent of the world’s arms exports in 2018-22
- US arms exports accounted for 40 per cent of the global total in 2018-22 and were 14 per cent higher than in 2013-17.
- The five largest arms importers in 2018-22, India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Australia and China, together received 36 per cent of the world’s arms imports.
- With an 11 per cent share of total global arms imports, India was the world’s biggest importer of major arms in 2018-22, a position it has held for the period 1993-2022
- Russia was the largest supplier of arms to India in both 2013-17 and 2018-22.