Thursday, November 11, 2010

India world's largest combat aircraft buyer: SIPRI

India is the largest buyer of combat aircraft in the world , with the US topping the list of sellers, a leading international think tank has said. According to a report released Wednesday by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a total of 50 countries bought 995 warplanes during 2005-09, Xinhua reported. India purchased 115 combat planes, the largest buyer in the world during the period, the Swedish institute said in the report. "India, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel are by far the largest recipients of combat aircraft. Together, these three countries accounted for almost one-third of all imports of combat aircraft between 2005 and 2009," the report said. The US and Russia are by far the largest suppliers of combat aircraft accounting for two-thirds of all warplanes delivered during the period. According to the report, between 2005 and 2009, the US sold 341 fighter jets, up from 286 planes sold during the previous five-year period, while Russia sold 219 planes, down from 331.

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