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Saab climbs on new list of global arms dealers

AFP/The Local · 27 Feb 2012, 14:49

Published: 27 Feb 2012 14:49 GMT+01:00

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Overall, the world's 100 largest arms dealers, excluding China, sold weapons and military services worth $411.1 billion in 2010, a rise of one percent from 2009, the report published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) found

"Total arms sales ... maintained their upward trend in 2010, although at one percent in real terms, the increase was much slower than in 2009," SIPRI said in a statement.

In 2009, sales swelled by seven percent to 406 billion dollars.

"The data for 2010 demonstrates, once again, the major players' ability to continue selling arms and military services despite the financial crises currently affecting other industries," SIPRI arms industry expert Susan Jackson said.

American firms dominated the Top 100 list as usual, with sales by 44 US-based companies accounting for over 60 percent of the market, or $246.6 billion.

Seven of them placed in the top 10, with Lockheed Martin in first place with sales of 35.7 billion dollars.

The only Swedish firm among the top 100 is Sweden's Saab AB which saw its position rise from 31st place in 2009 to 28th place in 2010.

According to SIPRI's figures, Saab sold $2.8 billion in 2010, up from $2.6 billion the year before.

The Swedish defence industry is also represented on the list by UK firm BAE Systems, which nabbed second place on the list and is owner of Swedish military vehicle manufacturer Hägglunds and munitions maker Bofors, known formally as BAE Systems Land & Armaments

Other non-US firms on the list include European group EADS in seventh, and Italy's Finmeccanica in eighth position.

The number of European groups on the Top 100 list declined from 33 in 2009 to 30 in 2010, accounting for a total of 29 percent of sales worth 119 billion dollars.

The military services market, which includes systems support, training, logistics and maintenance, also continued to grow, with 20 companies on the list.

Several companies on this year's list made company acquisitions in 2010, thereby inflating their sales compared to previous years, the institute said.

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SIPRI noted that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had "mixed impacts" on arms sales, even with the drawdown in Iraq that began in 2010.

The think tank, which is specialized in research on conflicts, weapons, arms control and disarmament, was created in 1966 and is 50-percent financed by the Swedish state.

It defines arms sales as "sales of military goods and services to military customers, including both sales for domestic procurement and sales for export."

It has published the Top 100 list of arms producers since 1990, a list that excludes China due to a lack of available data.

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17:58 February 27, 2012 by Fredio
And we are still dreaming of 'PEACE' on earth???

When God gave dominion over the earth to human being, which was the biggest mistake the He made and sure He regrets it, but can't go back on His words, so what He did was to allow mankind to use his brain and rational to run the show... but ..What happened…? Devil (As smart as he's always been, double crossed man), and released his own legions in same human skin…

What did they do…? Hmmm.., they said, 'let us use our human-like images to destroy them', 'they won't know the difference anyway, and many don't even believe in God or respect Him, so it's easy deal…'

What did they do next… hmmm, 'let's entice and confuse them with 'material' things that will fade away quick, so they can't stop asking for more… (The capitalism, the greed, the jealousy, the selfish, the power etc..) They'll love to scramble for that (As humans do today), killing one another on the process… and makes it easy for us dominate and rule them like God using their weakness and poverty...'

'We'll use our best trick (Deceit and sweet tongue) to force our thoughts, ways, and will over them, if they refuse.. We strike and wipe some off to put submitting fear on the rest… We'll give every mission a fancy name... We are only giving you people freedom, liberty, democracy, human rights, free market, good life…. The 'blinded' majority of real humans will join the rest of the demons in human skin to shout 'amen'…'

Well the human race is at a cross road, so ask yourself, why all these waste (To create and acquire weapons) to waste human lives…? Why can't real humans learn to say no to them, and start to push for 'live and let live' 'love your neighbor as yourself', as God wants them to do from start?

Why give in to the demonic forces in human skin among us that wants us all to perish in hell with them??

We have a choice still, to simply wake from dreaming (Of peace) and resist the bloodthirsty demons among us in human flesh, or sing along with them by buying 'shares' in their evil empires of mankind destruction..

Remember, anytime you buy a share or support all these evil killing industries, including their war/killing apparatus, their Banks, you are not only building the evil empire of destruction up, but you are giving glory to their masters Devil himself.

Real Humans designs, builds and exports LOVE, JUSTICE and PEACE not WEAPONS of destructions…!
04:40 February 28, 2012 by millionmileman
In God's wisdom he gave free people the tools to defend themselves against tyranny and injustice. this is because evil with always have weapons and freedom loving people deserve the right fr defense.

This is what Joel 3:10 was referring to: "Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, "I am strong!"
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