The US State Department shared data on arms transfer and defense trade for the 2022 fiscal year.
Accordingly, direct military equipment sales of US companies increased by 48.6 percent in fiscal 2022 to $ 153.7 billion.
In the same period, sales of military equipment through the US government increased by 49.1 percent compared to the previous fiscal year, reaching $51.9 billion.
Thus, the US military equipment exports increased by 48.85 percent in the 2022 fiscal year, reaching a total of 205.6 billion dollars.
US sales of military equipment to foreign countries amounted to 138.2 billion dollars in the 2021 fiscal year.
Most sales to Indonesia
Amid confirmed sales last fiscal year, there was the sale of $13.9 billion worth of F-15ID fighter jets to Indonesia, $6.9 billion multi-mission surface combatants to Greece, and the sale of M1A2 Abrams tanks to Poland at $6 billion. took.
In the same period, the US administration provided Patriot missiles worth $3.05 billion to Saudi Arabia, the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAM) worth $3 billion to Kuwait, the CH-47F Chinook $2.6 billion to Egypt. Approved the sale of its helicopters and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) System worth $2.3 billion to the United Arab Emirates.
The US State Department said in a statement that arms transfers and defense trade are valuable tools of US foreign policy, with potential long-term implications for regional and global security.
Foreign governments can purchase military equipment from the USA either directly by negotiating with companies or through negotiations with the US Department of Defense. In both formulas, the approval of the US government is required for the sale of military equipment.