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U.S. triples foreign arms sales in 2011

International weapons sales by the United States tripled last year to a record high of $66.3 billion, according to a congressional report that noted big fighter jet and helicopter purchases by Saudi Arabia. The data by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service noted an “extraordinary increase” over 2010, saying the total U.S. figure accounted for almost 78 percent of sales globally.

 Russia followed the United States at $4.8 billion with France at $4.4 billion, according to the report, “Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2004-2011.” China’s 2011 sales were at $2.1 billion but focused less on large weapons platforms such as planes and more on smaller weapons, selling them to Asian countries and to African nations, the report said.

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