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"I find hope in the work of long-established groups such as the Arms Control Association...[and] I find hope in younger anti-nuclear activists and the movement around the world to formally ban the bomb."

– Vincent Intondi
Professor of History, Montgomery College
July 1, 2020
U.S. 2000 Data for the UN Conventional Arms Register















On May 31, the United States sent its annual submission to the UN Register of Conventional Arms, reporting on U.S. conventional arms exports and imports for 2000. For the third consecutive year, the U.S. export total, 1,637 weapons, marked a decrease from the previous year. (Washington reported 1,839 exports for 1999.) The total also stands as the lowest sum ever reported by the United States during the register’s history. For both 1992 and 1995, the United States reported more than 5,000 exports.

Established by the UN secretary-general in January 1992 with the goal of increasing transparency in the global arms market, the register calls on countries to voluntarily report their annual exports and imports in seven categories of conventional weapons: battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, large-caliber artillery, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, and missiles and missile launchers. States may also elect to submit data on domestic military holdings and procurement through national production, as well as information on export policies.

Two dozen countries, including Taiwan, received U.S. weapons last year, according to the U.S. register submission. As in the previous two years, Europe ranked as the top regional destination with nine countries receiving 654 U.S. arms imports, nearly 80 percent of which were missiles and missile launchers. With the receipt of 394 U.S. weapons, including 303 large-caliber artillery systems, Egypt led all importers. Finland and Turkey ranked second and third.

Washington reported a total of 146 imports, all of which were missiles. The United States imported 142 Popeye air-to-surface precision strike missiles from Israel and four AGM-119 anti-ship missiles from Norway. —For more information, contact Wade Boese.

Region/Country
Battle Tanks
ACV's
Heavy Artillery
Combat Aircraft
Attack Helicopters
Warships
Missiles & Launchers
Total
Africa
             
430
Egypt
   
303
17
   
74
394
Morocco
 
36
         
36
Asia
             
284
Japan
           
102
102
Singapore
     
10
     
10
South Korea
 
17
       
100
117
Taiwan
27
     
11
2
15
55
Europe
             
654
Finland
     
3
   
209
212
Greece
 
68
18
     
66
152
Italy
           
60
60
Netherlands
       
7
 
2
9
Poland
           
17
17
Portugal
 
8
         
8
Spain
 
2
     
2
 
4
Turkey
 
27
     
1
147
175
United Kingdom
       
4
 
13
17
Middle East
             
174
Bahrain
 
38
 
10
     
48
Israel
           
21
21
Jordan
 
70
 
16
5
   
91
Lebanon
 
1
         
1
Saudi Arabia
 
5
         
5
United Arab Emirates
           
8
8
Other Regions
             
95
Argentina
 
82
         
82
Australia
   
1
       
1
Canada
           
12
12
TOTALS
27
354
322
56
27
5
846
1,637

 

U.S. Military Holdings and Procurement Through National Production
Other Regions
Military Holdings
2000 (1999)1
Procurement
2000 (1999)
I. Battle Tanks
8,104 (8,133)
0 (0)
II. Armored Combat Vehicles
19,983 (20,325)
0 (0)
III. Large-Caliber Artillery Systems
7,164 (8,780)
0 (0)
IV. Combat Aircraft
3,646 (2,970)
28 (28)
V. Attack Helicopters
2,484 (2,502)
-- (41)
VI. Warships
313 (315)
2 (93)
VII. Missiles and Missile Launchers
121,934 (118,528)
685 (1,115)
1Relative to last year’s submission (data for calendar year 2000) for U.S. military holdings, reductions in totals reflect continued downsizing actions. Increases in Category IV and VII reflect better accounting procedures.