Although the overall German small weapons trade has decreased steadily falling by 42 per cent than previous year, the small arms and ammunition exports to Arab nations has increased 32 folds during the same period.
With the German ammunition sales have been increasing, it is rather unclear about what the trend might represent.
According to the German government figures announced last week, it had given a considerably lower number of small arms exports authorizations in the first half of the year than in previous years.
The figures when compared to numbers published by the German Ministry of Economic Affairs at the same time last year, the small weapons export permits given have reduced by 42 per cent amounting to 12.4 million euros ($13.9 million). This shows a downward trend and as the biggest decrease in the German small arms trade in the past 15 years.
Ammunition exports however saw an increase of 50 per cent during the same period to about 27 million euros.
“A downward trend is expected in small weapons sales under the new guidelines in the future,” Minister of Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel was quoted as saying by Reuters earlier last week.
German has incidentally had a 32 fold increase in sales of small arms and ammunition exports to the Arab region for the first half of 2015 amounting to 7.9 million euros ($9 million) compared to the same period in the previous year, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported Saturday, citing German Ministry for Economic Affairs.
Based on the response given to an inquiry by left-wing Die Linke party, the German Ministry for Economic Affairs stated German exports of small arms to the Arab states for the first half of 2014 stood at some 246,000 euros in the first half of 2014.
The newspaper reported that the German exports included not only small arms but also spare parts for it, as well as ammunition.
Ongoing conflicts and civil wars in the Arab region might have sparked the increase in exports to the middle-east.
The left-wing party has criticized Sigmar Gabriel for exports of weaponry to the Middle East, the news daily reported.
Four US F-22 tactical fighter jets have arrived at the Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany to begin NATO training exercises. The United States sent four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft, and approximately 60 airmen to conduct air training through mid-September
Germany and the US have plans to withdraw patriot missile batteries deployed in Turkey. These had been deployed about three-years-ago as a part of NATO mission to Strengthen Turkeys air defense against a possible attack from Syrias Bashar al-Assad regime
The US Air Forces F-16 jet has been crashed in southern Germany on Tuesday morning. The fight plane, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base in western Germany, crashed at 9:38 a
Eurofighter Jets to get Airborne Electronic Attack Capability
Israel Shipyards to build Advanced Combat Vessel for Israeli Navy
MBDA Plans Interceptor Missile to rival US's Patriot, Russian S-400
US, Russia to Pitch Fifth-Gen Fighters at Dubai Airshow 2019
Bangladesh to Buy Fighter Jets, Apache Gunships & Missile Systems from US
India's Tejas Mk2 in Final Trials
Russia Seeks Customers for 6 Upgraded, Former Indian Air Force Su-30 Fighters
China’s J-20 Fighter May Have Entered Mass Production with Increased Deployment
Several joint production and direct procurement programs could be halted if the US and Europe carry through with their threat...
Sanctions-hit Iran has found ingenious ways to develop military hardware
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...