Saudi Arabia is the largest arms importer in the world by total sales amount, with regional rival Qatar surging to third largest importer, according to a data released by the UK’s Ministry of Justice.
The report sheds light on the flow of arms, weaponry and military equipment around the world. According to the data, which can be accessed here in full, the U.S. dominates global exports, doubling that of second-place UK. The UK is also Europe’s leading defense exporter ahead of Russia and France.
By region, the Middle East is the largest arms importer since 2007.