U.S. Weapon Sales Rose Dramatically in 2022

U.S. weapon sales to other nations were more than $51.9 billion due to the war in Ukraine. The sum is a 49% increase from $34.8 billion in sales in 2021. Germany was one of the largest buyers of American weapons, ordering 35 F-35 Joint Strikers to “support of NATO’s nuclear sharing mission.”

From The Hill:

The State Department first reviews the deals sought by other countries to make sure they line up with U.S. goals and, if approved, notifies Congress of the sale. Congress then has the option to reject a potential sale, but if not, the U.S. government moves on to negotiations.  

The 2022 numbers represent the potential arms deals the State Department has notified lawmakers of, and not the final sales.