Selling weapons and services to hundreds of the largest manufacturers of military equipment and service companies in 2015 reached $370,7 billion, reported on Monday, the Stockholm Institute for peace studies (SIPRI). Compared to 2014, total sales of companies in the top 100 declined 0.6%.
Leadership on sales volumes continue to hold American manufacturers of weapons, says SIPRI. In 2015, they sold weapons and services, $billion 209,7 As the authors of the study, the sales volume of American manufacturers falling for the fifth consecutive year in 2015, it decreased by 2.9% compared to 2014.
“Lockheed Martin is the largest weapons manufacturer in the world,” says Od Fleran, Director of weapons programs and military spending to SIPRI. The decline in sales of American manufacturers expert associates with export restrictions, delays in delivery of equipment and the strengthening of the dollar.
Sales of European companies, according to SIPRI, in contrast, are rising after a decline in 2013 and 2014. In 2015 they increased by 6.6% compared to 2014 year — up to $95,7 billion.
Sales of European companies, largely grew thanks to the French manufacturers of armaments: six companies from France, 2015 year exported products worth $21.4 billion, 13.1% higher than a year earlier, according to the SIPRI publication
Eleven Russian companies included in the hundred largest manufacturers of weapons, in 2015 sold arms for $30.1 billion — 6.2% more than in 2014, estimated by SIPRI. According to the organization, the contribution of Russian producers in total volume of export companies in the top 100 was 8.1%.
Sales volume increased in ten of the 11 Russian producers, says SIPRI. “However, the positions of all Russian companies in the top 100 according SIPRI release decreased in comparison with 2014, as the growth rate of their arms sales slowed”, — said the expert of the organization Simon Wezeman.
In September, the American edition of DefenseNews has published a ranking of the military-industrial companies received the highest income from sales of military products for the year 2015. The list includes seven Russian defense companies — concern “Almaz-Antey”, United aircraft Corporation “Helicopters of Russia”, Corporation “Tactical missiles” concern radio-Electronic technologies, and Uralvagonzavod, RTI. According to estimates DefenseNews, in 2015, they collectively earned $20.5 billion.