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World's Top 5 arms exporters (5 images)

The biggest change in the 2011-2015 Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) list of top arms exporters is China – which is rapidly becoming a big exporter of weapons. Though Britain's share of the world market grew about 10 percent, the aggressive growth of China's exports bumped the Brits down to No. 6. In descending order, here are the remaining countries in the top 20: Spain, Italy, Ukraine, Netherlands, Israel, Sweden, Canada. Switzerland, South Korea, Turkey, Norway, Belarus, South Africa and Australia.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2016 at 9:52 AM
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No. 1 – United States
The United-States remains the largest exporter of conventional weapons in the world. The U.S accounts for 33 percent of global arms transfers, up from 29 percent in 2006-2010, according to SIPRI. TOP CLIENTS 2011-2015 – Saudi Arabia (9.7 percent), United Arab Emirates (9.1 percent), Turkey (6.6 percent) 2006-2010 – South Korea (15 percent), Israel (13 percent), United Arab Emirates (11 percent). Pictured: An M1A2 Abrams tank during a live-fire exercise at the Romanian Land Forces Combat Training Center near Cincu, Romania, on Aug. 6, 2016. Photo by John Farmer/U.S. Army
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