India 2nd in arms transfer agreements with US

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  1. keshtopatel

    keshtopatel Regular Member

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    Washington: India ranked second in arms transfer agreements with US during 2006-2009 period, while Saudi Arabia is the leading developing world arms purchaser from 2002-2009, an independent bi-partisan Congressional report has said.

    In its latest report, "Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2002-2009", Congressional Research Service (CRS) said that Saudi Arabia was the leading developing world arms purchaser from 2002-2009, making arms transfer agreements totalling USD 39.9 billion during these years.

    CRS is the independent bi-partisan research wing of the US Congress, which prepares periodic reports on various issues for Congressmen. The CRS said in the 2002-2005 period, India ranked first in arms transfer agreements at USD 15.3 billion.

    From 2006-2009, Saudi Arabia ranked first in arms transfer agreements, with a substantial increase to USD 29.5 billion from USD 15.3 billion in the earlier 2002-2005 period.

    "These increases reflect the military modernisation efforts by both Saudi Arabia and India, underway since the 1990s," the CRS told lawmakers adding that the total value of all arms transfer agreements with developing nations from 2002-2009 was USD 262.3 billion.



    Thus, Saudi Arabia alone accounted for 15.2 per cent of all developing-world arms-transfer agreements during these eight years. In the most recent period, 2006-2009, Saudi Arabia made USD 29.5 billion in arms transfer agreements.

    This total constituted 17.2 per cent of all arms transfer agreements with developing nations during these four years (USD 171.5 billion).

    India ranked second in arms transfer agreements during 2006-2009 with USD 17.1 billion (in current dollars), or about 10 per cent of the value of all developing world arms-transfer agreements, the report said.

    CRS told Congressmen that India, while the principal Russian arms customer, has begun to diversify its weapons supplier base, purchasing the Phalcon early warning defense system aircraft in 2004 from Israel and numerous items from France in 2005, in particular 6 Scorpene diesel attack submarines.

    In 2008, India purchased 6 C130J cargo aircraft from the US. This pattern of Indian arms purchases indicates that it is likely that Russian will face strong new competition from other major weapons suppliers for the India arms market, the report said.

    According to CRS, Asia has traditionally been the second largest developing-world arms market. In 2006-2009, Asia ranked second, accounting for 34 per cent of the total value of all arms transfer agreements with developing nations (USD 59.8 billion).

    Yet, in the earlier period, 2002-2005, the Asia region ranked first, accounting for 48.7.6 per cent of all such agreements (USD 45.2 billion).

    In the earlier period (2002-2005), Russia ranked first in the value of arms transfer agreements with Asia with 39.8 per cent (USD 18 billion).

    US ranked second with 16.9 per cent (USD 7.6 billion). The major West European suppliers, as a group, made 21.7 per cent of this region's agreements in 2002-2005.

    In the later period (2006-2009), Russia ranked first in Asian agreements with 29.6 per cent (USD 17.7 billion), primarily due to major combat aircraft and naval system sales to India and China.

    US ranked second with 28.1 per cent (USD 16.8 billion in current dollars). The major West European suppliers, as a group, made 14.9 per cent of this region's agreements in 2006-2009, the report said.

    Brazil ranked first among all developing world recipients in the value of arms transfer agreements in 2009, concluding USD 7.2 billion in such agreements.


    Venezuela ranked second in agreements with USD 6.4 billion. Saudi Arabia ranked third with USD 4.3 billion in agreements.

    CRS said Saudi Arabia was the leading recipient of arms deliveries among developing world recipients in 2009, receiving USD 2.7 billion in such deliveries.

    China ranked second in arms deliveries in 2009 with USD 1.5 billion. South Korea ranked third with USD 1.4 billion. India was ranked fifth with USD 1.2 billion.

    Arms deliveries to the top ten developing nation recipients, as a group, were valued at USD 12.9 billion, or 75.9 per cent of all arms deliveries to developing nations in 2009. Five of these top ten recipients were in the Near East; four were in Asia; one was in Latin America.
     
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  3. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    First with Russia and Israel,second with USA and France. India is developing a voracious appetite for weapons.
     
  4. keshtopatel

    keshtopatel Regular Member

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    It has become the billions game, these hefty purchases and procurement. Money for contracters, hush money for politicians, and foreign mal for Armed forces.
     
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    We are not developing appetite for weapons . Truth is that we are more or less Incapable of producing these state of art weapons at home .
     
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    Our indigenous programs are more focused towards strategic weapons(missiles).
     
  7. JHA

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    This is nothing to be proud of. In fact we should be ashamed that we are competing with incompetent Arabs.
     
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    well said, if at all anything, it is a thing to be ashamed about and certainly nothing to be proud about, but then india was always about average people, average dreams, and average achievements. its just that in the just gone by decade and more specifically the last 6-7 fiscals that we out done ourselves, so i guess it is a slow progress to that dream of doing it all by ourselves. i hope to see that day come soon when not just in the defence but in most fields we churn out world beaters, be it the people or the products/services they make and something that does not stay limited to a specific few as is the case today.

    in this endeavor i see ak antony do a fine job, most of us hate him for having become a stumbling block in most overseas defence procurements but i guess there will be different story for all to sing from a decade and half from now which would possibly be full of praises for him. atleast he is working on fulfilling that dream, something none of his predecessors were too keen on for they were too engrossed on minting money which came as a bonus.
     
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    Some day in future indian armed forces/GOI will rue their decisions of buying shiny usa weapons.Pakistan has learnt it hard.
     
  10. sesha_maruthi27

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    Good to purchase the weapons what we need only. We should not depend completely on other countries.
     
  11. pankaj nema

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    We are buying these weapons with OUR money. Not aid money like Pakistan.
    And as far as high technology is concerned , most of our engineers go to IAS ,MBA, USA and other Foreign countries or join private sector

    whatever DRDO ,ISRO and DAE have achieved , we should thank them for it.
     

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