Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade


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World Arms Trade Magazine

The Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade (CAWAT) offers interested subscribers the World Arms Trade monthly magazine.

It has been published on a monthly basis since November 2009. Editions of the magazine from November 2009 until February 2010 are open for public access so that potential subscribers may decide whether they want to enter the subscription. The World Arms Trade magazine has been available for subscribers only since March 2010.

The World Arms Trade magazine furnishes detailed analytical materials on the most significant current events in the world arms trade.

The magazine carries reviews of the largest foreign and Russian arms shows, based on the scale analysis of a segment of the international or regional (national) arms and materiel market.

Each edition of the magazine includes articles on detailed statistical analysis of arms procurements by a country or by a region, as well as statistics on the international market with regard to various types of armament.

The final section of each edition is devoted to a detailed review of major events in the world arms trade during the preceding month. The review covers the following types of armament: military aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, rotary-wing aircraft, naval materiel, air defence/missile defence systems, armour, and Army weapons. The final section of the review provides data on defence budgets, and general information on arms exports/imports, and the state of defence industries of certain countries.

Editions of the magazine from November 2009 until February 2010 are open for public access for review.

Edition 11, 2009 furnishes the following analytical materials:

  1. Place and role of South-East Asian countries in global naval materiel exports/imports
  2. Major results of LIMA 2009
  3. Review of main events in the world arms trade in November 2009


Edition 12, 2009:

  1. Israeli defence export statistics and analysis
  2. A400M military transport plane makes its maiden flight
  3. Vietnams purchasing Russian diesel-electric submarines to result in growing demand for submarines in South-East Asia
  4. Review of main events in the world arms trade in December 2009


Edition 1, 2010:

  1. Bahrains major arms procurement programmes
  2. Indian defence import statistics and analysis
  3. Russia in Indian arms market
  4. Major Indian aeronautical programmes in 2009
  5. Review of main events in the world arms trade in January 2010


Edition 2, 2010:

  1. Russia and Vietnam sign a delivery contract for 12 Su-30MK2 fighters
  2. French government confirms sale of Mistral-class Landing Platform Dock (LPD) to Russia
  3. Russia signs contract package on supplying 1.3 bln Euros worth of arms to Libya
  4. Russia establishes a credit line of US $300 mln for Sri Lanka to buy Russian arms
  5. Russia may lose its positions in Iranian arms market
  6. Rosoboronexport exports US $7.4 billions worth of arms in 2009
  7. Russia upgrades five Il-38 anti-submarine warfare aircraft for the Indian navy
  8. Latin American defence imports in 2001-2008
  9. Latin America in the worldwide arms import structure in 2009
  10. Review of main events in the world arms trade in February 2010


The foregoing analysis of the contents of the World Arms Trade magazine demonstrates its target-oriented nature, as far as a comprehensive research of the world arms trade is concerned. Analytical materials, published in the magazine, can be divided into the following four categories:

  • analytics, devoted to rapid reaction to significant events in the world arms trade;
  • analytics, devoted to the comprehensive analysis of the arms market of a country or a region, coinciding with one or other international arms show;
  • analytics of systematic and long-term nature, which are not linked with current events in the world arms trade;
  • current reviews of the most important events in the world arms trade during the preceding month.


CAWAT intends to follow this principle of publishing analytical materials in the future as well.

All statistical calculations, included in tables, have been done by CAWAT. Data, used for calculations, is open source information only.

The initial information sources (insofar contract, supplies, etc. are concerned) embrace specialised international think-tanks, including SIPRI, CRS, IISS, and ACDA. In addition to that, this group includes the UN Register of Conventional Arms, Janes Sentinel Security Assessment (JSSA), Military Balance, US DoD DSCA (as far as data on the USA is concerned), the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Rosoboronexport (data pertaining to Russia), Defence Express (Ukraine), as well as official state information on arms exports (governmental statements and statements by ministers of defence and finance). This group of open source information also incorporates data of the International Monetary Fund, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and national statistical agencies of various countries.

The second group covers data of specialised foreign and Russian publications. It also includes data of specialised think-tanks (when exports of separate types of armament are analysed).

The third group of information sources includes Russian and foreign published and electronic mass media, reports of flagship Russian and international news agencies, as well as press releases of defence contractors.

The test mode of operation has demonstrated that each monthly edition of the World Arms Trade magazine will cover about 100 pages (potential subscribers can review the contents and the capacity of magazines, posted in the public area).