Exports of weapons in the United States have decreased by 1.1 percent and reached $137.3 billion in fiscal 2021

Exports of weapons in the United States have decreased by 1.1 percent and reached $137.3 billion in  ...

WASHINGTON, Dec 22 - The sale of military equipment in the United States fell 21% and $138 billion on Wednesday, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday, as the Biden administration shifts to some of the more aggressive arms sales practices under former president Donald Trump.

The State Department disclosed military sales figures for the fiscal year 2021 ended on Sept. 30. The sales included $3.5 billion worth of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Australia and 3 billion worth of CH-53K helicopters to Israel.

The sales of military equipment in the previous fiscal year totaled 172 milliards of dollars.

The government's move from buying offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia is the result of civilian casualties in Yemen. Rather, the president has promised to say "nothing is too much" to men in the market.

The dip of 2021 comes after the long last year's high one-time sales of fighter jets and guided missiles were announced by the Trump administration. Major fiscal 2020 deals included Japan's 63 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin accounting for as much as 23 billion dollars of that year's total.

There are two major ways foreign governments buy arms from U.S. companies: direct commercial sales negotiated between a government and a company; and foreign military sales where foreign governments generally contact a Defense Department official in the U.S. embassy, in its capital. Both do require US government approval.

The direct military sales of the US government rose 17 percent to $13 billion in fiscal 2021 from $124 billion in fiscal 2020, and the government's third-largest sales a decade from $58 billion in the preced year.

In 2018 the Trump administration put a "Buy American" program on military sales, but also encouraged U.S. officials to engage in a larger role, such as increasing the armed forces' business overseas.

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