The UAE was the world’s fourth largest importer of arms during the last five years, according to research released on Tuesday.
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an independent international institute dedicated to research into the worldwide arms industry, has published its latest Arms Transfers Database, which found that the Middle East accounted for 17 percent of international transfers of major conventional weapons for the period 2005 to 2009.
Of the total arms shipped to the Middle East during the period, 33 percent were transferred to the UAE and 13 percent to Egypt.
In the global league table of recipients of arms, the UAE took fourth in the rankings, receiving six percent of all arms transferred globally during the five year period. The top three recipients were China (nine percent), India (seven percent) and South Korea (six percent).
The US accounted for 60 percent of the arms shipped to the UAE, followed by France (25 percent) and Germany (one percent). During 2005 and 2009, the UAE took delivery of 34 Mirage-2000 combat aircraft from France and 72 F-16s from the USA, according to the SIPRI research.
The data also showed that the UAE “looks set to remain a major arms importer in the coming years” as it currently has orders for four Patriot-3 surface-to-air missile systems, six C-17 transport aircraft, 40 UH-60M helicopters and twenty HIMARS multiple rocket launchers from the USA; four Baynunah corvettes and three A-330 MRTT tanker/transport aircraft from France; and up to 50 96K9 Pantsyr-S1 air defence systems from Russia.
In terms of suppliers, the US was the biggest and accounted for 30 percent of conventional weapons shipped between 2005 and 2009, followed by Russia (23 percent), Germany (11percent), France (eight percent) and the UK (four percent).For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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