UK is world’s largest arms dealer, second only to USA

Britain continues to sell arms to countries that commit human rights abuses and is now ranked second in the world for weapons sales, a report shows.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) found the UK was second only to the United States in selling weapons in 2014.

Britain’s biggest arms company, BAE Systems, is the world’s third largest seller of weapons with over $25.7 billion in sales last year.

UK weapons sales made up 10.4 percent of the total $401 billion worth of arms sold around the world.

Other UK arms firms in the top 100 include Babcock (25), Serco (49), Cobham (53), QuinetiQ (72), GKN (70), and Meggitt (87).

Figures from SIPRI indicate the arms industry continues to profit from billions of pounds worth of sales to countries with poor human rights records, such as Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Syria, and Israel.

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Britain continues to sell arms to countries that commit human rights abuses and is now ranked second in the world for weapons sales, a report shows.

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The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) found the UK was second only to the United States in selling weapons in 2014.

Britain’s biggest arms company, BAE Systems, is the world’s third largest seller of weapons with over $25.7 billion in sales last year.

UK weapons sales made up 10.4 percent of the total $401 billion worth of arms sold around the world.

Other UK arms firms in the top 100 include Babcock (25), Serco (49), Cobham (53), QuinetiQ (72), GKN (70), and Meggitt (87).

Figures from SIPRI indicate the arms industry continues to profit from billions of pounds worth of sales to countries with poor human rights records, such as Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Syria, and Israel.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to RT in June that it has sold weapons to Saudi Arabia that are being used in the country’s ongoing war in Yemen.

Observers including Amnesty International have accused the Gulf kingdom of committing possible war crimes in the conflict.

Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) spokesperson Andrew Smith told the CommonSpace news website that these British companies rely on government “compliance” to make money.

The fact that the UK arms trade comes second only to the United States is a sign of the support it gets from the UK government,” he said.

These companies thrive off conflict and rely on compliant governments in order to do so. BAE Systems, for example, does a huge amount of business in the Middle East, and its fighter jets are central to the destruction that has been unleashed on the people of Yemen.

Source: https://www.rt.com/uk/326148-britain-arms-trade-weapons/

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3 Responses to “UK is world’s largest arms dealer, second only to USA”

  1. bluefeather says:

    The Vatican, IOR (Institute for works of religion) aka Vatican bank
    Apparently major shareholders in Berretta arms company
    http://www.whale.to/c/vatican_bank1.html

  2. Lynn says:

    That’s what they want wars for…!

  3. Dogman says:

    The arms-related trade is reported to account for somewhere between one-tenth and one-fifth of Israel’s exports. The main buyers are Asian countries, especially India, Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and Latin America.

    The importance of the arms trade to Israel can be gauged by a simple mathematical calculation. In 2013, Israel earned nearly $1,000 from the arms trade per head of population – several times the per capita income the US derives from military sales.

    Israel’s reliance on the arms industry was underscored in June 2014, when a local court forced officials to publish data revealing that some 6,800 Israelis are actively engaged in exporting arms.

    Separately, Ehud Barak, the defence minister in the previous Israeli government, has revealed that 150,000 Israeli households – or about one in 10 people in the country – depend economically on its military industries.

    These disclosures aside, Israel has been loath to lift the shroud of secrecy that envelopes much of its arms trade. In recent court hearings it has argued that further revelations would harm “national security and foreign relations”.

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