JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

Developments in Major Arms Producing Countries

Richard A. Bitzinger is a Senior Fellow with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
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  • July 2009
    Volume: 
    3
    Issue: 
    3
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    The global defence industry has undergone serious restructuring since the end of Cold War. Military production has increasingly become concentrated in the hands of fewer but larger defence firms. The 1990s also saw mergers and acquisitions within the defence industry across the national boundaries. The resulting mega-defence firms especially in the United States dominate several sectors ranging from aerospace to shipbuilding to land systems, The European arms industry, on the other hand, has been under stress as the national markets are too small to support a heavily rationalised market. This has resulted in trans-national companies or joint venture across the European Union to remain globally competitive. Lately, the collaboration between the European and American arms manufacturers has also been on the rise.

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