Azerbaijan boosts arms imports

March 18, 2015 7:56 AM (UTC+8)

 

Eurasianet

Azerbaijan was the second-largest arms importer in Europe over the past five years, according to a new report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, an arms trade research group.

Azerbaijan accounted for fully 13% of all of Europe’s arms imports over the last five years, SIPRI reported, behind only the UK (The report doesn’t list dollar values for the imports.)

While overall arms imports have been decreasing across Europe, Azerbaijan is bucking the trend: its imports of weaponry increased 249% in the period 2010-2014 when compared to the previous five-year period, 2005-2009.

SIPRI also tabulated the world trade in drones (“unmanned aerial vehicles” in military-speak) and Azerbaijan also ended up near the top of that list, as the fourth-largest importer of drones in the world since 1985, trailing only the UK, India, and Italy.

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