HAL and BEL in the top 100 defence companies list of SIPRI

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HAL and BEL in the top 100 defence companies

Two Indian government owned defence companies Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) have been included by the Stockholm International Peace  Research Institute((SIPRI) in its list of 100 top defence companies in the world 2021.  In a report released by SIPRI on 5 December 2022 HAL was ranked 42nd with $3.3 billion in arms sales and HAL was ranked at 63rd  Rank with $1.8 billion sales in 2021. 

HAL is the manufacturer of fighter aircrafts like LCA Tejas, Su-30MKI, helicopters like LCH Prachand etc, and trainer aircrafts for the Indian Air Force. BEL manufactures advanced electronics equipment for the armed forces.

Last year apart from HAL and BEL, Indian Ordnance Factories were included in the top 100 defence companies.

Highlights of SIPRI report 

In 2021, the total arms sales of the world’s Top 100 totalled $592 billion in 2021, marking an increase of 1.9 per cent in their arms sales compared with 2020.

The United States has 40 companies in the top 100 defence companies in the world.

The top 5 companies are all American.

China has 8 companies in the top 100 companies.

Country-wise, in the 2021 list, 

  • US companies topped with a share of 51 per cent of the total arms sales, followed by Chinese companies with 18 per cent, 
  • UK firms with 6.8 per cent, and 
  • French companies with 4.9 per cent share. 

Russian companies garnered only 3 per cent of the global share.

India is the world’s second-biggest importer of weapons after Saudi Arabia and is also the world’s third-biggest spender on defence after the US and China.

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. It is funded mainly by the Swedish Government.

It was set up in 1966 

Headquarters: Solana, Sweden 

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