The media noted that a number of factors contributed to the increase in sales volumes, including, for example, the permission to supply the United Kingdom with a tanker aircraft whose price exceeded 1 billion euro, as well as a deal with Qatar for the sale of tanks and self-propelled howitzers in the amount of 1.6 billion euro.
According to the publication, the level of arms exports from Germany to countries outside the European Union or North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) remained on the same level as in 2015, that is, amounted to 59 percent of all deliveries. In 2014, it amounted to 60.5 percent.
In February, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that the volume of German small arms exports in 2015 fell to the lowest level seen in the last 15 years.
However, in September 2015, Gabriel noted that German exports of small arms and ammunition to the Arab region increased by 32 times during first half of 2015, compared to the same period of 2014.