India’s arms purchases from the US grew strongly in the last year of the Trump administration, and according to official figures, the figure rose from US $ 62 million in 2020 to US $ 3.4 billion.
According to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the upsurge in US arms sales to India came at a time when total arms sales from the US to other countries fell to $ 50.8 billion in 2020. The US sold weapons worth $ 55.7 billion in 2019 to other countries, while in 2017 the figure was $ 41.9 billion.
According to the data, the major buyers of US weapons in 2020 were India ($ 3.4 billion in 2020 as compared to $ 62 million in 2019), Morocco ($ 4.5 billion from $ 1.24 million), Poland ($ 4.7 billion to $ 4.7 billion), Singapore ($ 13.7 million to $ 1.3 billion), Taiwan ($ 87.6 million to $ 11.8 billion) and the UAE (from $ 1.1 billion to $ 3.6 billion).
However, there was a decline in arms purchases from the US by several countries, including Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Belgium, Iraq and South Korea. According to the 2020 edition of the US Historical Sales Book, India bought $75.44 million in 2017, $28.2 million in 2018. According to data, between 1950 and 2020, the US sold arms worth US $12.8 billion to India under foreign military sales (FMS).
According to statistics, despite the Trump administration banning pakistan from any military and security assistance, it was sold arms under fms. Pakistan bought $14.6 million in arms from the US in 2020.