The United States leads upward trend in arms exports, Asian and Gulf states arms imports up, says SIPRI

(Stockholm, 16 March 2015) The United States has taken a firm lead as the major arms exporter globally, according to new data on international arms transfers published today by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Overall, the volume of international transfers of major conventional weapons grew by 16 per cent between 2005–2009 and 2010–14. Continue reading–>

UPDATE 1-Rising SE Asia defence spending to spur sales for Indonesia’s Pindad

By Cindy Silviana and Eveline Danubrata

(Reuters) – Indonesian state-owned defence firm PT Pindad expects sales of its machine guns, armored vehicles and other military hardware to increase by 30 percent annually, due in part to rising tensions in the South China Sea, its chief executive said. Continue reading–>