Israel's Largest Arms Clients: India, Azerbaijan and Vietnam

Ranked eighth in the world, Israel's arms exports account for 2.9 percent of the world's major arms exports, Swedish-based Stockholm International Peace Research Institute says

A Spike NLOS missile, produced by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

The largest customers for Israeli arms between 2013 and 2017 were India followed by Azerbaijan and Vietnam, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported Wednesday.

Israel was the world's eighth largest arms exporter for the period, the SIPRI report said, accounting for 2.9 percent of the world's major arms exports.

"Israel has been among the top 15 arms exporters for decades. Israel’s exports, which went to countries all over the world in 2013–17, included missiles, radars (and other sensors) and unmanned aerial vehicles," the SIPRI report added.

Israel is also a major importer of arms, 60 percent of which came from the United States. During the four-year period surveyed, Israel's arms imports increased by 125 percent over the previous four years, SIPRI said. India topped the list of the world's largest arms importers, and Israel was India's third-largest supplier of arms after Russia and the United States, according to SIPRI.

SIPRI found that 67 countries exported major weapons during the period from 2013 through 2017, topped by arms exports from the United States, followed by Russia, France, Germany and China.

India topped the list of the world's largest arms importers. Israel was India's third-largest supplier of arms after Russia and the United States, according to SIPRI.

In its section on Israeli arms imports, SIPRI said: "Major deliveries in 2013–17 included 9 (of a total order of 50) F-35 combat aircraft. These aircraft significantly strengthen Israel’s options to strike targets throughout the Middle East. Germany delivered two submarines to Israel in 2013–17, accounting for 30 per cent of Israel’s arms imports in that period. In 2017 Germany agreed to supply a further three submarines to Israel," SIPRI added.

The German submarine deal is the subject of an ongoing police investigation in Israel over suspicions of corruption in the transaction involving several confidants of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Some of SIPRI's data are based on estimates, and "as the volume of deliveries can fluctuate significantly year-on-year, SIPRI presents data for five-year periods, giving a more stable measure of trends," the organization said.