ABSTRACT

Russian Arms Sales and Defense Industry [October 14, 2021]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Introduction: "Russia uses arms sales to advance its foreign policy interests, including developing defense relationships and enhancing Russia's regional and global influence. Since 2000, Russia has been one of the top five arms exporters in the world in dollar-value terms (often behind only the United States), averaging $13-$15 billion in reported annual sales, according to official Russian statistics and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a nongovernmental organization. [...] This report focuses on Russia's defense industry, arms sales, selected weapon systems, and arms exports to Russia's top five clients. It also presents an analysis of related congressional and U.S. policy issues. Data in this report are based on official and unofficial open sources. To assess the value of arms transfers, this report uses data from SIPRI. SIPRI records data using a common unit, the 'trend indicator value' (TIV). According to SIPRI, 'the TIV is based on the known unit production costs of a core set of weapons and is intended to represent the transfer of military resources rather than the financial value of the transfer."

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CRS Report for Congress, R46937
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2021-10-14
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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