Romania’s arms exports have fallen from 195m euros in 2018 to 116m euros in 2020, according to data released by the European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT).

In 2019, arms exports amounted to 144 million euros.

The main customer for armaments produced in Romania are the United States of America, with a total of 155 million euros in the period 2018 – 2020, followed by Israel, with 80 million euros, Bulgaria, with 57 million euros, Pakistan, EUR 24 million and Tunisia EUR 24 million. Other significant customers are Afghanistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.

Romania mainly exported ammunition worth 149 million euros, aeronautical equipment worth 77 million euros, small arms worth 50 million euros, ships worth 45 million euros and military vehicles worth 22 million euros.

Between 1998 and 2020, the best three years for Romanian arms exports were 2018, 2017, with 193 million euros and 2016 with 181 million euros.

In total, the European Union exported 90 billion euros worth of weapons between 2018 and 2020, of which 27 billion euros in 2018, 38 billion euros in 2019 and 25 billion euros in 2020, according to the source quoted by Mediafax .

The EU’s largest arms exporters are France (21 billion euros), Germany (19 billion euros), Spain (11 billion euros), the United Kingdom (9 billion euros) and Italy with 7.4 billion euros.

In the European ranking, Romania ranks 14th, after Portugal (780 billion euros) and ahead of Denmark (439 billion euros) and Finland (321 billion euros). Bulgaria has exports of 2 billion euros (8th place) and the Czech Republic 1.8 billion euros (9th place).

Editor: Liviu Cojan

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