During the cold war the Soviet Union was the single largest supplier of conventional weapons. With the collapse of first the Warsaw Pact and then the USSR, arms transfers from the new state of Russia virtually ceased. By 1996 Russia had once again emerged as a significant source of major conventional weapons. While unable to challenge the predominant position of the United States, it seems likely that Russia will be a serious competitor to second-tier arms
suppliers such as France and the UK. In Russia and the Arms Trade a group of Russian authors were commissioned to describe and assess the arms trade policies and practices of Russia
under new domestic and international conditions. The authors, drawn from the government, industry, and academic communities, offer a wide-ranging assessment of the political, military, economic, and industrial implications of Russian arms transfers together with specific case studies of important bilateral arms transfer relationships. Contributors: General Yri Kirshin (retired), Peter Litavrin, Sergei Kortunov, Alexander Subbotin, Alexander Sergounin, Elena Denezhkina,
Irina Kobrinskaya, Sergei Kolpakov, Yuri Drugov, Gennady Gornostaev, Anton Surikov, Pavel Felgengauer.
"...the volume represents an important contribution to analysing recent and contemporary trends in Russia's involvement in the arms trade and should be read by those interested in the latter and more generally in Russian foreign, defence and security policy." Contemporary Security Policy Vol 20 No 1 April 1999. Reviewer: Derek Averre, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham.
In the traditional "SIPRI style", this very useful volume comes replete with tables and charts, and with appendices containing most of the relevant documents.
This is as authoritative a book on the subject as can be put together. It will be a standard source for all who need to understand the politics and motivations behind Russian arms exports as well as their destination, probable value and importance to the defence industries., State budget and State selling organisations of the Russian Federation.Prof Alexander Kennaway. - RUSI Journal. August 1998.
This volume is in the best tradition of SIPRI publications; well written, thoroughly researched and edited, and providing a wealth of detailed information on a topic of contemporary concern. This book should be essential reading for all those interested in the evolution of Russian defence and foreign policy in the 1990s. - Malcolm Chalmers. Europe-Asia Studies. 1998
Ian Anthony has brought together a knowledgable group of Russian authors and produced a very valuable study covering most aspects of the topic. - Andrew Pierre. International Affairs. October 1998.
... a balanced and informative account of the evolution of Russia's defence industry and the significant challenges that remain in adapting its arms transfer policies and practices to new conditions./ ... the book successfully describes the complex political and economic environment of the defence industry in contemporary Russia... It makes a valuable contribution to the emerging literature on the Russian defence industry./ Marca Caparini, Research student in
the Dept of War Studies, King's College, London, in 'Millenium', Journal of International Studies, Vol 28, No 1, 1999.