ISLAMABAD - With the increase in the global arms sale, the top states of the World in terms of weapons import have been revealed.
Middle Eastern arms imports have almost doubled in the past five years.
Arms imports by states in the Middle East increased by 87 per cent between 2009–13 and 2014–18 and accounted for 35 per cent of global arms imports in 2014–18.
Saudi Arabia became the world’s largest arms importer in 2014–18, with an increase of 192 per cent compared with 2009–13.
Arms imports by Egypt, the third largest arms importer in 2014–18, tripled (206 per cent) between 2009–13 and 2014–18.
Arms imports by Israel (354 per cent), Qatar (225 per cent) and Iraq (139 per cent) also rose between 2009–13 and 2014–18.
However, Syria’s arms imports fell by 87 per cent.
Meanwhile, states in Asia and Oceania received 40 per cent of global arms imports in 2014–18, but there was a decrease of 6.7 per cent compared with 2009–13.
The top five arms importers in the region were India, Australia, China, South Korea and Viet Nam
Australia became the world’s fourth-largest arms importer in 2014–18 after its arms imports increased by 37 per cent compared with 2009–13.
Indian arms imports decreased by 24 per cent between 2009–13 and 2014–18. Russia accounted for 58 per cent of India’s arms imports in 2014–18