The United States weapons sales accounted for $40 billion dollars internationally in 2015. This put them once again solidly at the top of international arms dealing nations. Second place went to France, with a paltry $15 billion in sales, not even half of the sales of the United States. Interestingly enough, although the total number of arms sales dropped from $89 billion in 2014 to $80 billion in 2015, the United States and a few other countries reported larger amounts of sales in 2015 when compared to 2014. The United States sold more weapons in 2015 than it did in 2014, reporting $4 billion more in sales.
Once again, developing countries made up the majority of all arms purchases in 2015. Countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, to name a few. Without access to advanced technological facilities, it is likely that they will need to rely on developed countries such as the United States for cutting edge weaponry for the foreseeable future. Until developing countries can obtain the infrastructure necessary to produce technology on par with more developed nations, arms sales in future years will not be in danger of major decline. With terrorist threats showing no signs of letting up, it is interesting to see that weapons sales have dropped from 2014 to 2015, and what the future holds for 2016.