Swedish weapons exports have fallen over the past decade
Swedish weapons exports have reduced by more than half over the past decade, according to a new report, but the nation remains the 15th largest weapons exporter in the world. Over the past ten years, Swedish weapons exports have fallen by 62 percent, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) said. Between 2009 and 2013, Swedish weapons exports accounted for 1.9 percent of the total market, but between 2014 and 2018, that figure fell to only 0.7 percent. One major factor behind the reduction in Sweden is that it has sold fewer Jas Gripen fighter aircraft over recent years. "If you have an order of a Gripen, the figures are big. If you don't, it's less," said Sipri expert Pieter Wezeman. "Over the past five years, not a single Gripen fighter plan has been exported, aside from a used one exported to Hungary." However, two sales made over the period will be delivered to their buyers later in 2019: a Jas Gripen plane sold to Brazil and a reconnaissance aircraft to be delivered to the UAE.
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