U.S. data, submitted on May 29, reveal that Washington exported 4,759 weapons to 27 states (and Taiwan) in 1997, more than doubling the total of 2,342 items in 1996. Middle Eastern states, including Egypt, received 2,359 of the weapons, easily outdistancing Asian nations (1,377) as the largest importers of U.S. arms.
Missiles and missile launchers accounted for 64.5 percent of all exported items, with Israel receiving nearly half of these. Japan, South Korea and Taiwan also accepted large shipments of missiles and missile launchers.
For the first time since the UN register became operational, the United States included information on the type of equipment exported, but not the specific model. For example, Washington notified delivery of 16 F-16 fighter jets to Greece, but did not include whether the planes were A/B or C/D models.
U.S. holdings and procurements (see second table) show a drop compared to figures reported last year, listed in parentheses.
—For more information contact Wade Boese.
|Region/Country||Battle Tanks||ACVs||Large Artillery||Combat Aircraft||Attack Helicopters||Warships||Missiles & Launchers||TOTAL|
Sources: Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; Arms Control Association.
|U.S. Military Holdings and Procurement Through National Production|
|Category||Military Holdings |
|I. Battle Tanks||8,971 (9,976)||0 (0)|
|II. Armored Combat Vehicles||22,747 (22,731)||0 (0)|
|III. Large-Caliber Artillery Systems||9,879 (9,711)||117 (460)|
|IV. Combat Aircraft||3,919 (4,014)||21 (23)|
|V. Attack Helicopters||2,816 (2,717)||7 (20)|
|VI.Warships||347 (351)||5 (11)|
|VII. Missiles and Missile Launchers||121,666 (123,731)||1,231 (1,816)|