Norwegian arms exports increased in 2021

Norwegian army military vehiclesPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

Norwegian arms exports increased by NOK 463 million to a total of NOK 3.3 billion in 2021, new figures from Statistics Norway (SSB) show.

NATO countries still buy the most weapons and ammunition from Norway. Last year, the export value was only NOK 78.7 million lower than the record year 2017.

The increase from 2020 is mainly in the product group “bombs, grenades, torpedoes, mines, rockets, and the like. War materiel and parts,” and it increased by NOK 561 million in 2021.

In total, for this product group, exports amounted to more than NOK 1.4 billion last year.

At the same time, there was a decrease of 12.5% in the product group “weapons and weapon parts.”

NOK 2.1 billion of exports went to NATO countries, which is an increase of NOK 181 million from the previous year. The United States is the largest single recipient, with almost NOK 1.1 billion in imports in 2021.

However, exports also increased to countries outside NATO – to NOK 1.2 billion in 2021, NOK 283 million more than the year before. This is due to high exports to Qatar of NOK 648 million. 

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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