STOCKHOLM - SIPRI has published today a report that investigates self-reliance in domestic arms production in the Indo-Pacific region.

Armed forces in the Indo-Pacific region remain dependent on weapon systems imported from foreign suppliers. This is despite the efforts of many governments in the Indo-Pacific to implement policies that support the development of local arms industrial capabilities with the aim of increasing self-reliance.

This report develops three indicators to give a score and regional ranking of self-reliance in arms production to 12 jurisdictions in the Indo-Pacific region: Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Overall, this report contributes to knowledge and debates on armament trends and military modernization in the Indo-Pacific. In a region where tensions among neighbours are rising, it further contributes to transparency with regard to levels of self-reliance in domestic arms production, allowing for an independent assessment of the region’s respective arms industries.


About the authors

Dr Lucie Béraud-Sudreau (France) is Director of SIPRI’s Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme.

Xiao Liang (China) is a Research Assistant with the SIPRI Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme.

Siemon T. Wezeman (Netherlands) is a Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme.

Ming Sun (United States) is a former intern with the SIPRI Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme.


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