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Poland Arms Exports
Sources: The Library of Congress Country Studies; CIA World Factbook
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    A possible solution to the critical condition of Poland's arms industry is increased exports. A 1992 study rated Poland twentieth in world arms exports in the period 1985-91, with an estimated total export value of more than US$1.6 billion. Between 60 and 70 percent of Poland's arms exports involved servicing and spare parts. At that point, three large companies--Bumar Labedy, Cenzin, and Cenrex--had government licenses for arms export, as did fifty small firms. In the transition period, regulations governing arms export were often murky, leading to a series of scandals when the extralegal activities of Polish exporters were disclosed. In 1991 high-ranking defense officials were arrested for selling US$96 million worth of arms to Iraq, and a number of smaller export deals were uncovered.

    Data as of October 1992

    NOTE: The information regarding Poland on this page is re-published from The Library of Congress Country Studies and the CIA World Factbook. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Poland Arms Exports information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Poland Arms Exports should be addressed to the Library of Congress and the CIA.

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