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Contents

SIPRI Yearbook 2017

SIPRI Yearbook 2017

II. Arms transfers as military aid

Chapter:
10. International arms transfers and developments in arms production
Source:
SIPRI Yearbook 2017
Author(s):
Siemon T. Wezeman, Aude Fleurant

Most arms transfers are commercial transactions where the buyer pays for the weapons. It is not uncommon that such commercial deals include various types of financial arrangements that are more the result of political rather than commercial considerations (e.g. low-interest credits provided by the supplier government). A recent example is the sale in 2015 of 36 Gripen combat aircraft by a Swedish company to Brazil where the Swedish Government provided a long-term loan of some $5 billion at an interest rate below the commercial level.1 In some cases such loans are not paid back in full but this might be something the parties expected and planned for when they made the deal. These types of arrangements could be considered to be a kind of military aid. However, the more common understanding of the term ‘military aid’ is the supply of equipment and services, including training, at no cost to the recipient. Since data on arms supplies as aid is inconsistent and uncertain, the analysis presented in this section is broad and general. It gives an overview of arms supplies as military aid in the past 10 years (2007–16) focusing on (a) recent examples of arms supplies as military aid by the main arms exporters, and (b) some of the stated and unstated goals of the aid.

Citation (MLA):
Wezeman, Siemon T., and Aude Fleurant. "10. International arms transfers and developments in arms production." SIPRI Yearbook. SIPRI. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2016. Web. 17 Oct. 2018. <http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198811800/sipri-9780198811800-chapter-10-div1-52.xml>.
Citation (APA):
Wezeman, S., & Fleurant, A. (2016). 10. International arms transfers and developments in arms production. In SIPRI, SIPRI Yearbook 2017: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 17 Oct. 2018, from http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198811800/sipri-9780198811800-chapter-10-div1-52.xml
Citation (Chicago):
Wezeman, Siemon T., and Aude Fleurant. "10. International arms transfers and developments in arms production." In SIPRI Yearbook 2017: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, SIPRI. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). Retrieved 17 Oct. 2018, from http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198811800/sipri-9780198811800-chapter-10-div1-52.xml
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