Q. Trends in International Arms Transfers 2022 report has been recently released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). With reference to this report consider the following statements:
1.The report places India amongst the top five countries in the world in arm exports.
2.India was the biggest arms export market to Israel for the period 2018-22.
3.As per the report, India’s arm import has dropped in the past few years.
Which of the statements given above are correct?

[A] 1 and 2 only

[B] 2 and 3 only

[C] 1 and 3 only

[D] 1, 2 and 3

Answer: B

Explanation –

Statement 1 is incorrect. As per the report, US, Russia, France, China, and Germany as the five biggest arms exporters for 2018-22.

Statement 2 and 3 are correct. The report states that India was the biggest arms export market to three countries — Russia, France, and Israel and the second-largest export market to South Korea. As per the report, India is still the largest arms importer, but its arms imports dropped by 11% between 2013 and 2017 and 2018 to 2022.

Source: ForumIAS