SIPRI have released a report that charts conventional weapons transfers over the past six decades. Among other things, the report reveals that China has overtaken the United Kingdom and become one of the top five arms exporters in the world.
From 18 March 2013 the SIPRI Arms Transfers Database includes newly released information on arms transfers during 2012 (see box 1). This Fact Sheet describes the trends in international arms transfers that are revealed by the new data. It lists the main exporters and importers in the period 2008–12 and describes the regional trends. Since the volume of deliveries of arms can fluctuate significantly from one year to the next, SIPRI uses a five-year moving aver- age to give a more stable measure of trends in inter- national transfers of major conventional weapons.