Think Tank Names Lockheed Martin World’s Largest Arms Producer
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an independent international institute researching into conflicts, arms control and disarmament, named U.S. Lockheed Martin the biggest arms vendor in 2010, with sales totalling $35.7 billion.
Only three companies in the top ten of the SIPRI Yearbook 2012, based on the 2010 data, are not from the United States - U.K. BAE Systems (2nd, with sales of $32.9 billion), Europe’s EADS (7th, with sales of $16.4 billion) and Italy’s Finmeccanica (8th, with sales of $14.4 billion).
Eight Russian companies have made it into SIPRI’s top 100, including Almaz-Antei (20th, with sales of almost $4 billion), United Aircraft Corp. (21st, with sales of 3.4 billion), Russian Helicopters design and manufacturing company (47th, with sales of 1.9 billion) and others.
How is it possible that Russia, second country in total arms exports after the US, has only 8 companies ranking in the top 100 with that "poor" sales?
Making Canadians look bad
This may make some sense, and hopefully I am going somewhere with this thought:
Almaz Antey, UAC, etc are individual corporations that deal with specifics (UAC dealing with aerospace and Almaz Antey dealing with SAM systems) and because they are very specific, they only have one market each to deal with. Lockheed Martin, BAE, etc are corporations that deal with everything from Aerospace to naval, etc etc. If you take all the defense corporations in Russia and put them together, then they will amount to being the second largest. But because this is rating the defense companies separately, then yes, Lockheed Martin and BAE will outdo UAC and Almaz Antey. That being said though, Almaz Antey and UAC are doing extremely well (well, more specifically Sukhoi of UAC) especially when they are only in one sector.
Although, those numbers seem to be a tad bit odd (sales numbers), when Sukhoi itself has dealt with more than $3B in sales to various countries with its sale of the popular Su-30 series aircraft) but the rest seems about right.
Note how all of BAE's subsidiaries have been split into their respective countries (US & Aus), if you add them together it makes BAE systems as a whole the largest supplier of weapons by a huge margin.
Top position ( number 2 ) is of combined all subsidiaries ). Other are listed in order of size for reference and instead of their ranking number is S. Same is for all subsidiaries of other companies- note United Technologies and EADS.
Originally Posted by Monty1985