Source: Rossiyskaya gazeta
According to the methodology used by the Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade (CAWAT), the Asia Pacific Region includes 29 countries involved in peaceful military and technical cooperation: Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Bhutan, East Timor, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, China, North Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guiney, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Tonga, Fiji, Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Korea, and Japan.
The ranking covers conventional arms exports according to the UN Register of Conventional Arms (UNROCA).
On the whole, CAWAT estimates Russia’s defence exports to the Asia-Pacific Region in 2011-2014, on the basis of the existing order portfolio, tenders and direct procurement plans, at $88.72 billion. This makes the Asia-Pacific Region the biggest arms exporter in 2011-2014 among 10 regions of the world, including the Asia-Pacific Region, the Middle East, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North and Northeast Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa , former Soviet republics, South America, North America, Central America and the Caribbean nations.
Actual arms exports to the Asia-Pacific Region are expected to be $26.944 billion in 2011, $21.781 billion in 2012, $20.08 billion in 2013, and $19.91 billion in 2014.
The United States will be the biggest arms exporter to the Asia-Pacific Region in 2011-2014, with $35.19 billion (39.7% of total forecast arms exports to the region).
Specifically, the United States is projected to export $12 billion in 2011, $9 billion in 2012, $7.45 billion in 2013, and $6.7 billion in 2014.
Russia, with $21.87 billion (24.65%), will be second, expected to sell $6.658 billion in 2011, $6.01 billion in 2012, $5.313 billion in 2013, and $3.887 billion in 2014.
Germany comes next, with $5.181 billion (5.84%), exporting $1.416 billion in 2011, $1.037 billion in 2012, $1.196 billion in 2013, and $1.532 billion in 2014.
The world’s ten biggest arms exporters to the Asia-Pacific Region in 2011-2014, ranked 4 to 10 in descending order, include France ($4.79 billion), China ($4.364 billion), Israel ($3.345 billion), Italy ($2.515 billion), Spain ($2.474 billion), Great Britain ($2.061 billion), and Sweden ($1.533 billion).
On the whole, according to the existing order portfolio, 27 countries are ranked among arms exporters to the Asia-Pacific Region in 2011-2014, including 7 nations from the Asia-Pacific Region.
Seven countries from the Asia-Pacific Region are ranked among arms exporters to the region in 2011-2014. China will be the biggest regional arms exporter to the Asia-Pacific Region in 2011-2014 ($4.364 billion), followed by South Korea ($603 million) and Australia ($332 million).
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