Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week that Russia sold $15 billion worth of arms to more than 60 countries in 2014. Putin said that orders for Russian-built arms are already at $14 billion for 2015. “Russia will expand its presence on such prospective markets and the Asia-Pacific region, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean,” Putin said at the Kremlin, according to the Moscow Times.
Russia is second only to the US in international arms sales. In July, the US signed a deal to sell $11 billion worth of arms to Qatar alone. The US-Qatar deal included “10 radars and 34 launchers for Patriot missile systems, designed to knock out incoming missiles, 24 Apache helicopters and 500 Javelin antitank missiles.”