Everyone assumes Russia has a ton of big scary men carrying huge guns around all the time just like in the movies right? Well that may still certainly be the case! Russia is a major player in the sales of weapons worldwide. Russia has its sights set on an interesting goal by 2020.
Russia wants to be the top arms exporter in the world by 2020, quadrupling its annual arms sales to about $60 billion per year to other countries. When asked about how much extra they would have to sell yearly, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said. "It is four times the current amount." This seems quite confident to me. To put these numbers in perspective, the U.S. sold $69.1 billion worth of weaponry to foreign customers last year, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Russia became the world's second-largest arms exporter in 2011, generating $13.2 billion in revenues.
Last year, Russia exported $15.2 billion worth of weaponry while adding Afghanistan, Ghana, Oman and Tanzania to a list of about 80 foreign customers.
Hopefully, they don't mix vodka with all extra money they will have from the sales.