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The U.S. sells greater than $ 175 billion in arms to overseas governments, practically three% greater than final 12 months

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An F / A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Stingers of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 113 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Source: US Navy

WASHINGTON – The United States sold $ 175 billion in arms to foreign governments in the fiscal year ended September 30, Pentagon and State Department officials said Friday.

The State Department's Political and Military Affairs bureau said in a statement Friday that this year's 2.8% increase in sales coincides with efforts by the Trump administration to "extensively reform and modernize the arms transfer process."

Sales of US military equipment to foreign governments were $ 170 billion in the previous fiscal year.

In 2017, the Trump administration introduced an executive order called "Buy American and Hire American," in which the president asked foreign governments to buy more American products, namely US-built weapons systems.

Continue reading: Defense manufacturers benefit from Trump's global arms surge

"The sales show that the United States continues to be the global security partner of choice. Not only do we already offer the most advanced defense equipment in the world, we are increasingly adapting to the technical needs of our allies and partner militaries." Heidi Grant, Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, told reporters at the Pentagon.

According to the latest figures from state and defense officials, sales of the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter to Japan amounted to $ 23.11 billion, leading America's arms exports.

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