Published — May 4, 2011

Which country was the largest weapons importer in 2009?


As shown in the chart above, India was the only country that imported more than $2 billion worth of weapons in 2009. It’s neighbor, Pakistan, imported more than $1 billion in weapons itself. The data comes from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Arms Transfers Database, which contains information on major conventional weapons transfers from 1950 to the present day.

To learn about what else India led the world in for 50 years, view this map on the Center for Public Integrity’s Ujima Project website.

The Ujima Project includes a collection of databases, documents and other resources that aims to bring transparency to the workings of governments, multinational non-governmental organizations and business enterprises in developing countries. For more, visit, or join the community on Facebook.

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