NEW DELHI — India ranked as the third-largest purchaser of U.S. arms exports in fiscal 2011, with contracts worth $4.5 billion, according to a Pentagon report.
U.S. arms sales to India included naval reconnaissance aircraft, transport aircraft, sea-skimming missiles and other weapon systems.
U.S. foreign military sales (FMS) overseen by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) passed the $30 billion mark for the fourth consecutive year, with the total reaching $34.8 billion.
Topping the list for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2011 were Afghan Security Forces with contracts valued at $5.4 billion, followed by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States ($4.9 billion).
Australia with $3.9 billion occupies the fourth spot, followed by Saudi Arabia [$3.5 billion], Iraq ($2 billion), the United Arab Emirates ($1.5 billion), Israel ($1.4 billion), and Japan and Sweden at $500 million each.
The total sales under the government-to-government FMS program were $28.3 billion, while sales executed by non-FMS cases managed under various security cooperation authorities were $6.5 billion, the report says.
DSCA forecasts FMS sales will continue to hover around $30 billion for fiscal year 2012, but official projections are still being calculated.