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India imports three times more arms than China, Pakistan: Study

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - 12:33pm IST | Place: Paris | Agency: ANI

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India is the biggest buyer of arms in the world, a new study has found.

The developing nation imported nearly three times as many weapons as China and Pakistan over the last five years, a Swedish think tank said.

The total volume of arms sales was up 14% between 2009 and 2013 compared to the previous five years, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) revealed.

According to Dawn News, Indian imports of major weapons rose by 111% in the last five years compared to 2004 and 2008.

SIPRI said India's share of total global arms imports increased from 7 to 14%.

The main supplier of arms to India in 2009- 2013 was Russia, accounting for 75% of all imports.

According to the report, Pakistan increased its weapons acquisitions by 119%, growing from 2% of the global total to 5% during that period.

Britain was the largest importer of major weapons in Europe (receiving 12% of deliveries), followed by Azerbaijan (12%) and Greece (11%), the report added. 

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