SIPRI’s weapons market analysis methods do not reflect reality – industry expert – Military and defense

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MOSCOW, December 6. / TASS /. The methods used by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) to analyze the global arms market do not reflect the real situation, director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Dmitri, told reporters. Shugayev. According to the SIPRI report released on Monday, sales by Russian arms manufacturers are declining.

“The calculation methods used by SIPRI to assess the sales of defense companies are their own estimate, which, frankly, does not reflect reality. Instead of a specific cost of goods, they use an indicator called trend, which has approximately the same meaning for the same type of product. The emphasis is on assessing the quantitative side, which, as the institute points out, cannot be used to assess export volumes ” , said Shugaev.

According to him, SIPRI only uses open data, which is not complete.

“Things like spare parts and services, they are usually not taken into account,” said the head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation.

As Shugaev noted, the SIPRI rating compilation methods presuppose a political bias in the assessment.

“SIPRI employees are always representatives of Western institutions and therefore cannot do without a political component,” Shugaev summed up.

About the SIPRI report

On December 6, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute published an annual report analyzing the sales of arms and military services of the world’s 100 largest companies in 2020. According to it, Russian manufacturers in the top 100 have reduced their sales for the third year in a row. In particular, sales of Almaz-Antey, which ranks 17th in the rankings, and the United Shipbuilding Corporation, which ranks 33rd, fell by 31% and 11% respectively.

On the one hand, this is explained by the completion of the state armament program for 2011-2020, so that subsequent funding of the military industry in real terms has declined. On the other hand – by the violation of the supply schedule caused by the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the report notes that the drop occurred amid measures to support the military-industrial complex that the government has taken to minimize the negative effect of the pandemic.


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