Total US defence exports up 13% in 2018

09 November 2018

The US State Department released new figures detailing the country’s defence exports made under privately contracted Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) on 8 November, revealing a 6.6% increase year on year.

Total DSC transfers in 2018 were USD136.6 billion, up from USD128.1 billion in 2017.

Combined with US government-to-government Foreign Military Sales (FMS), details of which were published on 9 October, the DCS deliveries take total US defence exports in 2018 to USD192.3 billion, a 13% rise compared with 2017.

In a statement announcing the new figures, the State Department attributed the increasing success of US defence suppliers abroad to the country’s new Conventional Arms Transfer Policy and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) export policy, both of which were released in April.

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