The German government has approved the export of nearly 4 billion Euros (4.5 billion dollars) worth of weapons in the first 10 months of 2021.

According to information provided by the Economic Affairs Ministry, the value of weapons and other defence items exported by Germany between January 1 and November 3 equalled 3.78 billion euros.

The data showed that 27 per cent went to countries outside the European Union. Such exports are controversial due to the poor human rights records in some destination countries.

German arms exports had a record year in 2019, with weapons worth more than 8 billion dollars delivered to overseas customers. That shrank to 5.82 billion euros in 2020.

Based on the information released, the number is set to shrink by 17 per cent in 2021. However, there is no available export information for the first 10 months of 2020, making a direct comparison impossible.

The largest market for German defence products was the US, which ordered 948 million euros’ worth, followed by the Netherlands (721.6 million euros) and Britain (190.1 million euros).

Next on the list is Egypt, a country that has been criticized in the past for its involvement in regional conflicts, which spent 181.1 million euros on German weaponry. Fifth place went to Brazil, which spent 134.1 million euros.

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