Die weltweiten Rüstungsimporte fielen 2018-2022 (gegenüber 2017) um 5,1%, die der europäischen Staaten stiegen um 47%.
Imports of major arms by European states rose by 47 per cent between 2013–17 and 2018–22, while the global volume of international arms transfers fell by 5.1 per cent. There were decreases in arms transfers to Africa (–40 per cent), the Americas (–21 per cent), Asia and Oceania (–7.5 per cent) and the Middle East (–8.8 per cent) between the two periods. The ﬁve largest arms importers in 2018–22 were India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Australia and China. The ﬁve largest arms exporters were the United States, Russia, France, China and Germany.
The war in Ukraine had only a limited impact on the total volume of arms transfers in 2018–22, but Ukraine did become a major importer of arms in 2022. In addition, most European states substantially increased their arms import orders and the war will have significant ramifications for future supplier–recipient arms trade relations globally.
Die europäischen NATO-Staaten und Chinas asiatische Rivalen haben ihre Waffenimporte massiv gesteigert. Globale Rüstungstreiber sind damit die Machtkämpfe des Westens gegen Russland und China.