U.S. Arms Transfers Database Search





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 database on U.S. arms exports to find 

dollar values of U.S. arms transfers to a 

specific country or region, for one or more years.


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Licenses/Agreements   Deliveries


Data on License values for Direct Commercial Sales is only available beginning in FY 1996.

Data on Foreign Military Sales Agreements is now updated through 2001.

Licenses/Agreements include export licenses for Direct Commercial Sales (DCS), or contracts between U.S. manufacturers and foreign entities that are managed by the State Department, and new agreements for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) or government-to-government transfers that are managed by the Pentagon. FMS amounts include both weapons systems (including technology transfers, training, and excess U.S. arms transfers) and construction contracts (for U.S. design and construction of military buildings and other infrastructure.  


Note:  License values for Direct Commercial Sales do not represent actual contracts signed with foreign purchasers. These statistics are not currently available, but are estimated to be considerably lower than the license figures because exporters tend to overestimate the value of a potential sale on the license application to give themselves flexibility when negotiating a contract. 

Deliveries include actual shipments of weapons or services under both Direct Commercial Sales and Foreign Military Sales. 

Note: Delivery values of Direct Commercial Sales are based on data collection by the State Department that tends to understate the actual amount transferred.

Sources: Foreign Military Sales, Foreign Military Construction Sales and Military Assistance Facts: As of September 30, 2001, published by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (Department of Defense), and the FY 1996-2001 Reports to Congress on U.S. Arms Transfers pursuant to Section 655 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, prepared by the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (Department of Defense). 

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