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Trend indicator values of 10 largest arms importers globally. Trend indicator values of 10 largest arms importers globally.

BEIJING: Pakistan was the tenth largest arms importer in the world in 2015, down one spot from number nine the previous year, a military think tank database reveals, while Saudi Arabia was the leading arms importer in the world, followed closely by India.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) database shows India was the top arms importer in 2014.

Trend indicator values of imports of arms in Pakistan 2014 and 2015 in millions of dollars at constant prices. Trend indicator values of imports of arms in Pakistan 2014 and 2015 in millions of dollars at constant prices.

Pakistan spent $735 million on arms imports in 2015. In comparison, India imported arms worth $3,078m.

Read: India should not be concerned over F-16 sale to Pakistan, says Pentagon

The largest exporter of arms to Pakistan in 2015 was China, with arms transfers worth $565 million, followed by the United States (US) with $66m in arms transfers.

Pakistan is also China's largest buyer for arms, accounting for 35 per cent of total arms sales in the country, followed by Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Close military ties between Pakistan and China have sometimes stoked tensions with India, which is seeking to boost its own homegrown weapons industry and has long objected to other countries forging defence deals with Pakistan.

Trend indicator values of imports of arms in India 2014 and 2015 in millions of dollars at constant prices. Trend indicator values of imports of arms in India 2014 and 2015 in millions of dollars at constant prices.

Earlier this month, India raised concerns regarding the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets from the US to Pakistan, saying, "We disagree with their rationale that such arms transfers help to combat terrorism".

The US rejected India's concerns, claiming the transfer was made in the interest of regional stability and counter-terrorism efforts.

The largest exporter of arms to India is Russia with arms transfers worth $1,964m, followed by Israel and the United States (US) with $316m and $302m in transfers respectively.

Know more: 'Disappointed' India summons US ambassador over sale of F-16s to Pakistan

Percentage share in global market of world's largest importers and exporters of arms. ─ AFP Percentage share in global market of world's largest importers and exporters of arms. ─ AFP

Chinese arms exports surge

A SIPRI report on global arms transfers shows China has almost doubled its weapons exports in the past five years as the world's third-largest weapons exporter poured capital into developing an advanced arms manufacturing industry.

Chinese exports of major arms, which excludes most light weaponry, grew by 88pc in 2011-2015 compared to the earlier five-year timeframe, SIPRI said.

The country still accounted for only 5.9pc of global arms exports from 2011-2015, well behind the US and Russia, by far the world's two largest arms exporters. The US exported $10,484m in arms in 2015, while Russia exported $5,483m during the same time period.

The US and Russia saw weapons exports grow by 27pc and 28pc respectively, while exports of major arms by France and Germany, the fourth and fifth largest weapons exporters, fell over the same period.

"The Chinese until ten years ago were only able to offer low-tech equipment. That has changed," said Siemon Wezeman, Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme. "The equipment that they produce is much more highly advanced than ten years ago, and attracts interest from some of the bigger markets."

China has invested billions developing its homegrown weapons industry to support its growing maritime ambitions in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean, and also with an eye toward foreign markets for its comparatively low cost technology.

Its total military budget in 2015 was 886.9 billion yuan ($141.45 billion), up 10pc from a year earlier.

In 2011 to 2015, China's arms imports fell 25pc compared with the previous five year period, signalling a growing confidence in the country's homegrown weaponry despite key areas of weakness, the report said.

China still needs to import weapons including large transport aircraft, helicopters as well as engines for aircraft, vehicles and ships, according to the report.

China, the world's second largest economy, signed deals in 2015 to buy air defence systems and two dozen combat jets from Russia, its largest arms supplier.


Comments (134) Closed



rana Feb 22, 2016 01:49pm

We Fight with Hearts not ARMS.

ASR Feb 22, 2016 01:53pm

In a country of tax thiefs, defence spendings should not be more than 10% of taxes collected (300 billion in our case).

Kashif Feb 22, 2016 01:54pm

Great. After being capable of making own weapons, and an exporter, this milestone was bound to be reached. Bravo Pak Army !!!

OSD Feb 22, 2016 01:54pm

I believe this is the result of foresighted policies of Pakistan for domestic development of major weapons such as JF-17 and Al-Khalid tank. Pakistan is performing on a magnificent level.

Cyrus Feb 22, 2016 01:58pm

".... And the seasons they go round and round while the painted ponies go up and down. We are captives on the Carousel of Time ...."

Desi Dimag Feb 22, 2016 02:03pm

@rana heart must be peaceful.

Omar Sadiq Feb 22, 2016 02:03pm

Greece?????? A bankrupt country which cannot feed its people, has enough funds to be in the TOP 10 arms importer of the world????? Something is wrong here!!

The Reluctant Fundamentalist Feb 22, 2016 02:05pm

India doesn't have any right to question Pakistan's arms deals with such numbers.

tasleem ulhaq Feb 22, 2016 02:12pm

as we have all the essential equipment this position doesn,t matter.

irfan Feb 22, 2016 02:19pm

So we cut out the expense on Military budget. Now lets cut out other unnecessary things on politicians and other corruptions and spend them in health and education.

Good to know this Feb 22, 2016 02:22pm

we can't and must not compete with India in arms race.Tactical nuclear weapons are the answer to growing Indian might.

Laeeq Ahmed Feb 22, 2016 02:23pm

Russia, Europe and US selling their arms to middle east and south asia.

Red Dawn Feb 22, 2016 02:28pm

Worlds most useless industry!

Tanveer Feb 22, 2016 02:33pm

figures show it clearly who are making from wars!!!

vivek mushroom Feb 22, 2016 02:38pm

These numbers should be seen in light of GDP figures...(expenditure as a percentage of GDP)....get the point?

IK Feb 22, 2016 02:39pm

Why should Pakistan spend a single dollar on the weapons... should use that money to finance the loans. which is crossed $100 billion mark from quiet sometime...please correct me if i am wrong.

Weapon does not bring peace, it provokes to be aggressive... The solution to the co-existence on this same earth is for sure not the weapons.

T.M. Reddy Feb 22, 2016 02:43pm

ARMS are: Thriving industry for many so called developed countries or almost developed countries.

atheist Feb 22, 2016 02:48pm

India has managed to avoid no 1 position . Modi is working on plan he has plan to reduce the imported arms and upto 2022 70% of arms will be made in India.

HUSSEIN Feb 22, 2016 02:50pm

Looks like we no longer have enough money to meet our demands. The world is increasing it's spending with all their wealth and we are falling behind on account of our lack of wealth.

Faisal Feb 22, 2016 02:53pm

Great example set by Army, God bless them, Pakistan the only country fighting and defeating on ground real terrorism.

Gerry D'Cunha Feb 22, 2016 02:56pm

Super power and rich countries are selling their ammunitions to third world poor countries and making them more poor by mediating in their country's affairs or creating tension with their neighbours

Akram Feb 22, 2016 02:58pm

Is this supposed to be good news or bad?

A Shah Feb 22, 2016 03:02pm

India is becoming a superpower in every field.

ZalmayKhan Feb 22, 2016 03:03pm

All the major arms importer countries have failed in settling their regional disputes through dialogues (except Austrailia).

Mrs. Phannay Khan Feb 22, 2016 03:09pm

Good to know. We have nuclear weapons - the ultimate deterrents - why do we need more (except for smaller weapons required for law and order / counter terrorism measures)

sandeep Feb 22, 2016 03:11pm

Consider following facts first: India is a developing country not a fully developed one. So it can not invest in research and development as that of developed countries. India has one of the largest standing armed forces. There wouldn't be any use of a standing armed force without weapons. India don't have any large development facility for weapons manufacturing. So the production of arms in India is very less. Currently India has very few facilities like DRDO, HAL which are developing slowly. They are learning from the the technologies and weapons from other developed countries like Russia, Israel, USA and France. Currently their production outcome is very minute. India needs more weapons to protect itself from foreign as well as internal enemies. I think these are the main reasons because of which India is largest importer of arms. The things are changing slowly. We will someday definitely be manufacturing our own arms.

Karachitee Feb 22, 2016 03:14pm

If we were in top 10 in spending education, health services and good quality food probably we might not need to spend on weapons.

kanwarch Feb 22, 2016 03:15pm

@vivek mushroom No I don't. After looking at the figures one wonders why and what India is afraid of. They can not fight a war against mighty CHINESE and Pakistan is too small to pose any threat but still they are the largest importer of arms and then start crying like a baby even if Pakistan gets 15 aircrafts. Something is wrong somewhere??

saeeds Feb 22, 2016 03:16pm

Good move cutting expanding on arms.

Faisal Feb 22, 2016 03:17pm

@atheist What you will do of those arms, India is not fighting any sort of terrorism.

Azmeen Feb 22, 2016 03:18pm

A positive trend.

Shikhar Soni Feb 22, 2016 03:22pm

@sandeep You actually wrote a whole article. Well said!!

@DIFUSAL Feb 22, 2016 03:28pm

@OSD There is difference between domestic development and domestic assembling

Rohit Feb 22, 2016 03:33pm

Based on proportion/GDP India is one of the lowest spenders on defence.......the govt has announced that it will reduce some of the manpower in defense forces so expect the purchase of arms to go even higher in near future.....

Umer Feb 22, 2016 03:42pm

Sad reality, both Pakistan and India.

Resolve the Kashmir issue and both countries can take a stack of cash and invest it in the country and its people!

Ehsan Feb 22, 2016 03:52pm

China, India and Pakistan,Building Pace for the supremacy and dominance in the Asia, as well as maritime and coastal areas of Indian ocean, South china sea, Arabian sea. Or more precisely i would infer that India's staggering expenditure in Defense is to counter the Chinese military supremacy, although for China's boosting economy its no more a burden to spend high figures on the Defense sector. But the cost of rivalry is being paid by the stillborn economies of Pakistan and India. As to counter and neutralize the Indian supremacy, Pakistan have to pay the price too, neglecting the hue and cry by the Public. The Regimes playing hide and seek in the region, which could lead towards devastating situation, even harsh than what we are facing today. So , its better to stop the dancing at western Piano and rather focus on orchestrating the economy, good governance, counter poverty and Insurgency, and impediments of the progress.

jeet Feb 22, 2016 03:57pm

Is Pak GDP rate and arms import rate justifiable?

kash Feb 22, 2016 03:59pm

Wow, India spending loads.

Nadeem Feb 22, 2016 04:03pm

And still India is crying the foul about 'imbalance' in the region..

Harmony-1© Feb 22, 2016 04:03pm

@vivek mushroom Vietnam's defence spending to the percentage of their GDP must be colossal then.

Nadeem Feb 22, 2016 04:04pm

@ASR Need to catch tax thieves, not stop spending..

sandy Feb 22, 2016 04:09pm

it is predicted that indias defense budget will cross $100 billion from 2030 and will be third highest defense spending nation after usa and china

mayank bhopal Feb 22, 2016 04:09pm

pakistan is 1/10 of india gdp. but defence budget of import is 1/5 of india defence budjet of import.so their expendature is double compaire to india

zafar Feb 22, 2016 04:18pm

Very alarming situation, both neibhouring states are under the list of 10 arms importers states, I think should learn from the Europeans, when , they left their conflicts a side and improve the relations for the achievement of the development . It is the requirement of the time, that all south Asian countries think for joined military force, like British era and reduce the military expenditure . They should buried their difference and resolved their disputes according the resolution of UN.

Muhammed Ali UK Feb 22, 2016 04:20pm

The main surprise was Greece, a bankrupt country buying so many arms..

fas Feb 22, 2016 04:21pm

War is fought by courage not with arms. anyways spend human resources rather than on arms

Khwarezmi Feb 22, 2016 04:35pm

Western democratic nations preaching about western values have colonized, robbed, bombed, invaded countless countries in Africa and Asia. They are also the world's largest weapon exporters as well.

As the Native Americans say "White man speak with forked tongues".

humanity Feb 22, 2016 04:38pm

@zafar ..what is the UN resolution...Most pakistani's do not know about UN resolution only talk about it.

Mohammed Aslam Feb 22, 2016 04:43pm

well done Saudi Arabia now you can sell those arms and get your cash back

Akram Feb 22, 2016 04:48pm

@A Shah "India is becoming a superpower in every field." But you still you have problems when we get 8 more F-16s. Why?

Old Ravian Feb 22, 2016 04:49pm

What the article does not show case is that US is the biggest exporter of arms and has over 50 percent share in global arms market. In other words, US is the biggest exporter of death and destruction. An naturally, a supplier wants to keep a market for his merchandise, which is war in this case.

M. Siddique Feb 22, 2016 05:04pm

Shear madness. World has gone crazier.

aamir Feb 22, 2016 05:05pm

True cause of poverty.

Bob Feb 22, 2016 05:11pm

Unfortunately all the top buyers enjoy good deal of diplomatic influence in their respective regions and they don't face any real or immediate challenge unless they have any hidden agenda. Such a crazy expenditure is extremely unfortunate, these funds could have helped develop new cities, towns and industries.

WOW Feb 22, 2016 05:12pm

How I wish all these money was spend on the welfare of the people than showing the might ..

akram Feb 22, 2016 05:14pm

With the JF 17 programme, Pakistan could soon become a net arms exporter than importer.

aamir Feb 22, 2016 05:22pm

@akram What a true progress it will be.

Saad Feb 22, 2016 05:30pm

@vivek...Pakistan spends 2.5% of its GDP on defence, the lowest in the entire region, please check the facts before claiming something.

Sudhanshu Swami Feb 22, 2016 05:31pm

Israel and Saudi Arabia are spending too much of their GDP on Weapons. India is quite behind.

parmod Feb 22, 2016 05:32pm

@Faisal growing its role in world and safe its economic intrests in oher countries

Iftikhar Husain Feb 22, 2016 05:33pm

Most of these arms are being used in Middle East.

Mahmood Feb 22, 2016 05:36pm

What a dubious distinction. I hope no one in their right mind is racing to catch up with 1 importer..... the brave, formidable super-power like KSA!!!

Skeptic Feb 22, 2016 05:39pm

Half of all total arms importers are predominantly Muslim countries. And those selling to them are without a doubt Non-Muslim countries, like U.S. Britain, France, Russia and China.

Any wonder most of the Muslin countries are embroiled in some sort of armed-conflict!?

Prad Feb 22, 2016 06:05pm

@Karachitee Respect to you for that sensible disposal of thought!

Shekar Feb 22, 2016 06:11pm

@Red Dawn: "Worlds most useless industry!".
No, Sir, these are 'world's MOST SADISTIC industry'.

Avi Feb 22, 2016 06:13pm

Those who think that india imports each and every weapon from other countries should know that india only imporst ground and air based weapons....We do not import warships....We have no warship on order from any other country. ...In India we have 48 warships under construction in indian shipyards at Mumbai ( Destroyers, Submarines and frigates ), Goa ( NOPV and MCV ), Gujrat, Cochin ( Aircraft carrier INS Vikrant ), Vishakhapatnam ( Nuclear Powered Submarines ) etc etc.....Aircraft carrier INS Vikrant II is the largest indian made warship and Stealth Destroyer INS Kolkata is the largest destroyer developed by india....Do some Google and see the images of INS Kolkata...It is really awesome. ...

JP Feb 22, 2016 06:14pm

@Harmony-1© Not really. Vietnam's GDP is not that less than Pakistan's. 214 B vs. 270 B

Gurjeet singh Feb 22, 2016 06:20pm

If, China and Ausis are in this list so, nothing to worry.

Ghaznavi Feb 22, 2016 06:31pm

There should be a chart showing human deaths vs arms exporters

Harmony-1© Feb 22, 2016 06:46pm

@JP - It's the other way around Pakistan's GDP is higher at 247 billion against Vietnam's 186 billion and that's nominal GDP. Based on more accurate PPP data the gap is even higher. Propaganda should have some legs to stand.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ListofcountriesbyGDP_%28nominal%29

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ListofcountriesbyGDP_%28PPP%29

khanm Feb 22, 2016 06:48pm

if countries spend money on humanity rather than on wars ... the world would be the most peaceful place.. the biggest problem is greed and ego... Let us wage a moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class families across the world...Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

Ali Feb 22, 2016 06:49pm

Well thats lot of money. What are we gonna do with all this power.

Taimoor khan Feb 22, 2016 06:53pm

This is s good indicator that now we are using more home grown arms as oppose to the our direct adversaries.

Skeptic Feb 22, 2016 06:56pm

@khanm You need to understand the fundamental of Economics, like Supply and Demand first.

In order for a industry to exist there has to be a demand or market for its products.

The American-industrial Military Complex is based on creating the demand for arms, by overt or covert methods, to create conflicts, wars, and insurrections for countries to need to fight and buy these arms, fight, replenish and continue to upgrade their arsenals, thereby keep the manufacturers of the arms in business.

Without a ready market for arms, there will be no need for arms suppliers.

Nafarman Pilot Feb 22, 2016 06:59pm

Not surprised as country is amidst its war on terror....

Rohit Feb 22, 2016 07:03pm

@Saad The spend on defence is 8 billion as against a total budget of how much? Do the maths

atheist Feb 22, 2016 07:14pm

@Saad - Pakistan economy is 1/10 the of India and India spends around 40 billion dollar on defence and Pakistan spends around 8 billion dollars, now calculate yourself.

Iqbal Khan Feb 22, 2016 07:16pm

These are exported and imported only to kill human beings.

LS Feb 22, 2016 07:31pm

@Saad You are wrong. it is close to 3.4% in 2014 and used to be 7% in 1990. While India spent 2.5% of GDP in 2014 and highest it spent was 3.5% of GDP in 1988.

N.Sid Feb 22, 2016 07:37pm

@atheist Check again, the last time I checked Indian economy is about 7-7.5 times that of Pakistan, hence a similar per capita GDP, if you consider the population of both countries.

Nadeem Feb 22, 2016 07:44pm

Nothing to be proud of

N.Sid Feb 22, 2016 07:47pm

@atheist Pakistan per capita GDP and the yearly GDP growth rate was much ahead of India for a good 50-60 years after independence. It's only in the last 5 years or so India is slightly ahead in per capita GDP when Pakistan is going through a bad period, with war on terror and the related incidences. It's only a matter of time before the country catches up with India in per capita growth.

MAMUN Feb 22, 2016 07:59pm

Wasting money .

Kashif Feb 22, 2016 08:13pm

...Wow it means, if we want peace in world, we just need to STOP selling weapons!

If World can be so sensitive on 'climate change' then why not 'Ban on Arms' ...both exports/imports...

berni Feb 22, 2016 08:16pm

And I'm sure we're also among 10 worst countries in expenditure on education.

Kashif Feb 22, 2016 08:17pm

@Laeeq Ahmed ....Very simple that who are feuling the issues .... So the rule is 'Create demand and then suply'

$aifuddin Takhtawala Feb 22, 2016 08:18pm

What a shame? A country which spends very little on education, health and development spends billions on arms for defence. Will these weapons will feed hungry mouths or educate our children, or provide primary health care to our very own people?

Umesh Feb 22, 2016 08:21pm

@Red Dawn great observation

POLITIKER Feb 22, 2016 08:26pm

Well well well, India as the 2nd largest arms importer. Isn't it the same country which was weeping when Pakistan bought 8 F-16s from USA?

raja Feb 22, 2016 08:31pm

@Taimoor khan both india and pakistan dropped one place down, so how did you reach to that conclusion?

atheist Feb 22, 2016 08:33pm

@N.Sid budget on defence is not calculated on per capita income, it is calculated on percentage of GDP , so please change your thinking that you are spending less or rational to your GDP.

Ali Feb 22, 2016 08:41pm

Pakistan wants "peace and friendship" with India, but that is sabotaged by Indian government's hostility. PM Modi addressing Bangladesh Parliament last year admitted India created Bangladesh in 1971 by sending infiltrators to unleash death and destruction in former East Pakistan. That was state-sponsored terrorism?

In 1974 India exploded a nuclear device sending shock waves across Pakistan and the world. That forced Pakistan to develop its own nuclear program for self defence. Indian Defence Minister and senior officials have admitted that Indian intelligence agency RAW is sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan. That's state-sponsored terrorism?

India and Pakistan are nuclear-weapon states, having achieved Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) status, any war would annihilate both countries. Therefore, spending billions on conventional weapons is criminal, when our masses live in poverty. The people Pakistan and India want "peace and friendship", our leaders must not betray their dreams.

JP Feb 22, 2016 08:51pm

@Harmony-1© I was citing the latest 2016 estimates for nominal GDP. By this, Vietnam is 20% smaller economy than Pakistan. It is not the other way round. I cited in the right order, same as yours. PPP adjusted GDP is not relevant when the topic is in terms of imports. Only nominal matters. You can't just pick a metric which suits your case.

Sarwar, USA. Feb 22, 2016 08:56pm

Well done Dawn for exposing India. Now they have no case for F-16 Sales

Ahmad Rafiq Feb 22, 2016 08:59pm

Pakistan's military budget is estimated at $10 billion approx. Out of this $737 million goes towards arms purchase, which amounts to 6.7% of the total budget! Where does the rest go?

AW Feb 22, 2016 09:08pm

How can the largest exporters of weapons, namely; USA, Russia and Europe be peacemakers? The importer countries in Asia and in the Middle East are the fools who buy these weapons instead of using their wisdom to create permanent peace with their neighbors and spend the same money on their own socio-economic development

Rashid Feb 22, 2016 09:09pm

China has almost doubled its weapons exports in the past five years as the world's third-largest weapons exporter. If Pakistan wants to do well in EXPORT of arms, then Pakistan should sell it's domestically manufactured high tech stuff to Saudi Arabia and to Iran. It could pay for the weapons Pakistan imported.

M. Malik Feb 22, 2016 09:15pm

@Ahmad Rafiq There are at least 600,000 men and women in uniform in Pakistani forces. Don't they have to constantly drilled, trained, paid salaries, benefits, and keep the war machinery well oiled for any eventualities??

Mustafa R. Feb 22, 2016 09:18pm

In several other reports India is the number one arms importer. A lot of India's arms deals, particularly with Israel are probably secret.

Mustafa R. Feb 22, 2016 09:27pm

@Desi Dimag;

'heart must be peaceful.'

Yes, but don't confuse jazba with lack of peace.

Truth Feb 22, 2016 09:27pm

With the above analysis...can anybody tell me why would US (and west and China and Russia) ever have interest in peace between India and Pak ? I have a strong feeling that the events that occur every time there is peace over tunes between us, its these powers that have a hand in spoiling the atmosphere. If India and Pak armies and govt come together and work towards peace knowing the above fact, we may be able to resolve the issues.

BRILLIANT LOGIC Feb 22, 2016 09:39pm

Such a shame that a country of 1.25 Billion population is importing arms from Israel which has less than 5 Million population. It is also a shame that Pakistan whose population is larger than Russia cannot make its own weapons. In short, the leaders of the subcontinent have ensured that the human resource of their countries remain soaked in poverty, illiteracy, fanaticism and sectarianism.

WC Feb 22, 2016 09:39pm

@Truth why allow your leaders to continue their crimes? and why protect them? that's your problem

Shahzad Kazi Feb 22, 2016 09:50pm

Being in the top ten on this list is shameful for a poor under developed country.

GAWAL MANDI YA Feb 22, 2016 10:08pm

Now lets discuss how much money was spent on foreign trips taken by our leaders,before you go on blaming the military,think about how much safer you are today compared to couple of years ago,you cannot achieve that by throwing words at the bad guys.On a lighter note,I am shocked to find Greece in this list,they can't even pay their water bill hehehehe

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Feb 22, 2016 11:44pm

With India sitting at their head, what else can they do to protect themselves?

Pakistani living abroad Feb 23, 2016 01:09am

@sandeep India needs to feed her population firs rather than spending on arms.

Abp Feb 23, 2016 01:22am

Nothing to be proud of. I wish were among the top 10 countries who invest in education and health.

sajjad akbar Feb 23, 2016 01:37am

@rana Very true Rana Sahib. I have seen some soldiers firing your 'heart' instead of bullets.

For God sake come out of this mind set and start facing the realities.

sajjad akbar Feb 23, 2016 01:41am

I would have really impressed if Pakistan was at number 10 in the list of economic powers, least corrupt countries, or most literate countries.

Being number 10 in the list of arms importers is a shame.

sancharidas22@gmail.com Feb 23, 2016 01:45am

@Akram : Well we want US to sell you the F-16 that India will manufacture! You will get fresh off the shelf stuff, win-win for all!

Ankur Bhatnagar Feb 23, 2016 02:33am

@Omar Sadiq you do realize that protecting your people is more important than feeding your people right? there wont be anyone left to be fed if you cant protect them

Jawad Feb 23, 2016 02:40am

India is 2nd yet the cry about pakistan which is 10th.

Abdul Sheikh Feb 23, 2016 02:45am

Lockheed Martin Corporation is moving it's operation to India to save delivery cost of F16 to Pakistan.

Aussie Feb 23, 2016 02:51am

keep piling and piling while nation starve.

Shahid Feb 23, 2016 03:02am

We must double up our spending on research and development wing of our weapon industry. JF-17 should be used as a platform to build something very exceptional with stealth qualities.

Mwaqar Feb 23, 2016 04:48am

Invest In Education,Concentrate heavily on sciences/economics/IT,Load heavily the youngsters with technical,scientific education,Education is the power of modern day state,take out poor kids out of Madrassa and educate them properly with modern education, but will that happen?Unfortunately not in my lifetime but I wish it does,Poor people are suffering,no health care system,no clean drinking water for the last 70 years,its a shame.

Mustafa R. Feb 23, 2016 04:57am

Pakistan should spend more on defense, any government budget that is not spent on defense ends up in Swiss Banks, Dubai real estate and European palaces.

sam Feb 23, 2016 05:23am

We India and Pakistan are the fools to buy all the weapons spending trillions of dollars so far in the name of a peace of land called Kashmir. Imagine if we could have spend the money on hygene and other infrastructure India and Pakistan would have been the cleanest and most developed nations in the world. We are the fools and usa and china are the winnets

K.Shah Feb 23, 2016 06:40am

@rana Oh really !! It's a news to many of us.

Saad Razzaq Feb 23, 2016 07:11am

Every time I hear about our defense expenses my heart bleeds for all the poor and uneducated lot of the country. This clearly indicates that priorities are not set right

Shujaat Khan Feb 23, 2016 08:05am

They would be # 1 if they had some extra change.

Khan-haqiqi Feb 23, 2016 09:12am

And number 1 in land grabbing by armed forces in the name of DHA

bimalwilliam Feb 23, 2016 11:09am

Most of the weapons purchased came in the form of up gradation.Did India buy new fighter planes, tanks and other new military equipment. As India is replacing all aging fighter aircraft with new one. So it is wrong to say we are buying arms. every one knows that Pakistan has got more Fighter squadrons than India.It is not only Pakistan who is capable of making own weapons but India has also built its own navy ships in different docks.You should also compare the size of the country and its coastal belt.If that is taken into consideration what we purchased or upgraded is very less.

Azmat Shah Feb 23, 2016 12:03pm

@IK Unfortunately we are not living in an ideal world and cannot remain aloof to whats happening around us. All these golden words like peace, prosperity, coexistence, tolerance are good but they cannot sustain in isolation unless they are reciprocated. India being a much larger country should take the initiate to cut down on its defense expenditure. This will give Pakistan and its other smaller neighbors a breathing space where they can re-think their spending on arms. Until such time, the expectation that Pakistan will cut down defense expenditure unilaterally is unrealistic and unpractical.

S Feb 23, 2016 12:06pm

This is a positive development. I think arms import will reduce even more when war in FATA will end. After that I am sure we will be focus on other sectors more like health and education.

Markandey Feb 23, 2016 02:40pm

I am amused from some of the reader comments that see arms import as an achievement to be proud of! In fact, it is the opposite. Higher arms import implies how insecure you feel about yourself, and how incapable you are to fulfill your security needs domestically. 3rd world countries should strive to stay out of this 'elite club' and focus on developing education and healthcare, as well as food security for their millions of poor.

Rajan Singh Feb 23, 2016 04:04pm

Astonished to see the name of Greece (9th, 2015)in the top 10 list of arms importers. on the other hand Greece is seeking a bailout package and do not have funds to tackle its financial crisis.......what kind of imbalance is this?

Raja Farhat Abbas Feb 23, 2016 06:47pm

@IK Its be strong or be a slave to the bully, I would rather see my country be strong and stand up to the the bullies of this world. Pakistan Zindabad.

Mwaqar Feb 23, 2016 10:59pm

@Mustafa R. Either its Generals or corrupt politicians who steal money from defence and civilian projects,invest in Education but unfortunately won't happen in a corrupt society.

BNS Feb 24, 2016 05:56am

Good. We should try to get out of that list. We should be spending on education and healthcare rather than on arms.

Rational Feb 24, 2016 07:49am

Beautiful map of the world .. Human race should feel proud about this accomplishment

zulu Feb 24, 2016 10:48am

state priorities do we eat these say a big Noooooooo so an unending obsession

what about

Education Health Jobs Inflation value added industry Technology Electronics

rehan Feb 24, 2016 12:26pm

When facts and figures are not in favor of Indians, it's pretty typical of them to create a smoke screen of debates which would cloud the facts. They would start talking about India's GDP , rate of growth etc etc to divert attention from the real truth. The truth is that India top defense equipment importer and for some reason , has a problem with Pakistan importing a mere 8 F-16