The SIPRI Arms Industry Database contains information on arms-producing and military services companies (‘arms companies’). It includes public and private companies, but not manufacturing or maintenance units of the armed services. The database contains financial data for arms companies based on open sources. Sources include company annual reports and articles in journals and newspapers. Estimates of arms sales are made on the basis of open information.
The SIPRI Arms Industry Database was created in 1989. At that time, it excluded data for companies in countries in Eastern Europe, including the Soviet Union. The data set has been updated over the years. The current version contains data from 2015 and includes data for companies in Russia and for four companies in China.*
Past information is available in SIPRI Yearbooks or in the archived version of the SIPRI Top 100 database for 2002–18, which excludes Chinese companies.
For full details of our user rules for the database, please see our Terms and Conditions.
The SIPRI top 25 database
The SIPRI Top 100 database for 2002–18 is no longer updated but remains available for archiving and research purposes.
* The four companies included are: Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO) and China South Industries Group Corporation (CSGC). Data is not available for other Chinese arms-producing conglomerates: China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN), China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).