Airmen from the 436th Aerial Port Squadron load pallets of ammunition bound for Ukraine onto a commercial aircraft during a security assistance mission at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Jan. 20, 2023. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency is involved in the transfer of equipment to foreign nations. Photo By: Mauricio Campino, Air Force 

Defense News: US arms export approvals soared in 2022 

WASHINGTON ― Sales of military weapons between the U.S. and foreign governments shot up to nearly $51.9 billion in fiscal 2022, largely because U.S. allies in Europe are rushing to arm themselves in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine 11 months ago. 

The total represented a 49% jump from $34.8 billion in sales the previous year, according to new State Department data. Direct commercial sales ― from contractors to governments ― also grew, reaching $153.7 billion, up from $103.4 billion the year before.  

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WNU Editor: The US State Department Fact sheet is here …. Fiscal Year 2022 U.S. Arms Transfers and Defense Trade. 

Here is an easy prediction. 2023 arms exports are going to beat 2022 year’s numbers.

U.S. Arms Export Sales Increased 49% In 2022  

Ukraine, Asia Drove 50% Increase in FY22 Arms Sales — US Department of Defense

U.S. arms exports up 49% in fiscal 2022 — Reuters

US arms sales boom in 2022 due to war in Ukraine — The Hill