The value of Norwegian exports of military equipment dropped by over NOK 400 million in 2013, to a total of about NOK 2.1 billion, Statistics Norway (SSB) reports. Weapon exports have fallen every year since their peak in 2008.
The group military weapons and parts for weapons decreased the most, down NOK 580 million.
Based on customs declarations, Norwegian exports of military equipment amounted to almost NOK 2.1 billion in 2013.
Bombs, grenades, torpedoes, mines, rockets and similar equipment were the largest group and amounted to over NOK 1 billion in 2013. This is the first time since 2004 that this group has been the largest. Exports within this group increased by NOK 178 million.
SSB points out that the figures presented in this article are based on reported commodity exports of munitions. These do not take into account any incorrect reporting or illegal trade in weapons, which may be substantial in some countries. This makes it difficult to comment on Norway’s actual position in the world market, according to SSB.
(Aftenposten/Vårt Land/Press release)