Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Israel Is 4th Largest Arms Exporter

By LAURIE COPANS, Associated Press Writer AP - Wednesday, December 12

JERUSALEM - Israel became the world's fourth largest defense exporter in 2007, surpassing Britain, with $4.3 billion in signed contracts, officials said Tuesday amid efforts to tighten controls on the nation's arms sales to banned countries or groups.

Israel exports mostly radar systems, drones and anti-tank missiles to India, Turkey, Britain, the United States and other Western nations, defense officials said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information.

But Israel has earned a questionable reputation for the small percentage of its sales _ usually of shells, rifles and ammunition _ that go to war-torn countries, analysts said.

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