Russia Led Arms Sales to Developing World in 2005:
Russian sales in 2005 included 29 of the SA-15 Gauntlet surface-to-air
missile systems for Iran; Russia also signed deals to upgrade Iran’s
Su-24 bombers and MIG-29 fighter aircraft, as well as its T-72 battle
tanks. “For a period of time, in the mid-1990s, the Russian
government agreed not to make new advanced weapons sales to the Iran
government,” wrote Richard F. Grimmett, author of the study by the
Congressional Research Service, a division of the Library of Congress.
“That agreement has since been rescinded by Russia." ..
2005, the United States led in total arms transfer agreements, when
deals to both developed and developing nations are combined. The total
was $12.8 billion, down from $13.2 billion in 2004. France ranked
second in total sales, with $7.9 billion, up from $2.2 billion in 2004.
Russia was third when sales to developing and developed nations were
combined, with $7.4 billion, up from $5.6 billion in 2004. ..
Russia’s arms agreements with the developing world totaled $7
billion in 2005, an increase from its $5.4 billion in sales in 2004.
That figure surpassed the United States’ annual sales agreements to the
developing world for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet
Union. France ranked second in arms transfer agreements to
developing nations, with $6.3 billion, and the United States was third,
with $6.2 billion. The leading buyer in the developing world in
2005 was India, with $5.4 billion in weapons purchases, followed by
Saudi Arabia with $3.4 billion and China with $2.8 billion. The
total value of all arms sales deals worldwide, when counting both
developing and developed nations, in 2005 was $44.2 billion." 11:45:18 PM