24/7 Wall Street website has published a list of the 25 countries that purchase the most American weapons. On that list Kuwait ranked 22nd, while it listed as the second least purchase of these weapons by the Gulf countries.
The website added that between 2010 and 2020, Kuwait purchased $1.37 billion worth of weapons from the United States of America, or 75.4 percent of the total during the same period, reports Al-Rai daily.
In contrast, military spending in Kuwait amounted to $6.94 billion in 2020, or 6.5 percent of GDP. Oman ranked 25th in the world and bought worth $0.78 billion weapons between 2010 and 2020, while Morocco ranked 17th globally, spending $2.09 billion on buying US weapons during the same period.
Egypt came in 15th place, spending $2.56 billion, then Qatar 11th, spending $3.33 billion on US weapons, then Iraq 8th, with 3.87 billion dollars, then the UAE in 4th place, importing weapons worth 7.11 billion dollars, and finally Saudi Arabia, which was the largest importer of American weapons in the world with a value of 17.61 billion dollars constituting 64.8 percent of the total weapons imports.
The site said the United States is the world’s largest arms exporter, shipping nearly $9.4 billion in arms to nearly 100 different countries around the world in 2020 alone. In recent years, 22 countries have spent more than $1 billion buying weapons from the United States.
Since 2010, US arms manufacturers have shipped more than $105 billion of weapons worldwide. These weapons went to strategic allies in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and elsewhere.
Of course, the United States is not the only supplier of arms, as many of these importing countries buy large quantities of arms from Russia, China, and other countries.
Although the United States has the largest military budget in the world than any country, it does not have the largest military in the world when it comes to personnel. In fact, the United States ranks fifth after four other countries with at least one million members of the armed forces.