International weapons transfers continue to increase

According to the SIPRI Yearbook 2010 the volume of international transfers of major conventional weapons continued to increase in the last five years. Between 2005–2009, the volume of deliveries was 22% higher than the previous five year period. The US, Russia, Germany, France and UK were the largest suppliers of conventional weapons accounting for 76% of total exports. Meanwhile, the top five recipients of arms were China, India, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and Greece.