This compendium collated by the World Peace Foundation details 36 cases of corruption in the international arms trade and broader military sector. It forms part of WPF’s ongoing program on the Global Arms Trade and Corruption. The cases are also displayed on an interactive map, designed by Tufts GIS Data Lab.

Full List of Compendium Cases

Airbus Eurofighter Sales to Austria (Germany —> Austria)

Al Yamamah Arms Deals (UK —> Saudi Arabia)

Angolagate (France, Bulgaria, Russia, Slovakia —> Angola)

Armor Holdings and the United Nations (USA —> United Nations)

Nigeria's Armsgate Scandal (Nigeria)

India's Barak-1 Missile Deal (Israel —> India)

Funding the Belgian Socialist Parties (France, Italy —> Belgium)

The Boeing Tanker Case (USA)

Brazil's Gripen Influence Case (Sweden —> Brazil)

Brazil's DCNS Submarine Contract (Brazil, France —> Brazil)

CAS-Global Ltd. and the Private Nigerian Coast Guard Fleet (Norway, UK —> Nigeria)

The CDU Party Funding Scandal (Germany —> Saudi Arabia, Canada)

China's Crackdown on Military Corruption (China)

Embraer's Dominican and Indian Bribery Schemes (Brazil, USA —> Dominican Republic, India)

Ericsson's Sale of Radar Systems to Greece (Sweden —> Greece)

The Worldwide Fake Bomb Detector Scam (UK —> various)

Glenn Defense Marine Asia and the US 7th Fleet (the ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal) (Singapore —> USA)

Fraudulent Contracts for Peter the Great Cruiser Overhaul (Russia)

German Submarine Sales to Israel (Germany —> Israel)

GPT and the Saudi National Guard (UK —> Saudi Arabia)

The Greek Submarine Scandal (Germany —> Greece)

Gripen Combat Aircraft Sales to the Czech Republic and Hungary (UK, Sweden —> Czech Republic, Hungary)

Heckler & Koch’s G-36 Rifles in Mexico (Germany —> Mexico)

The Indian VVIP Helicopter Deal (Italy, UK —> India)

L'affaire Karachi (France —> Pakistan, Saudi Arabia)

Litton Industries' Contracts with Greece and Taiwan (USA, Canada —> Greece, Taiwan)

The Malaysian Scorpène Submarine Affair (France —> Malaysia)

Chile's Milicogate Scandal (Chile)

The Pergau Dam 'Arms for Aid' Scandal (UK —> Malaysia)

German Submarine Sales to Portugal (Germany —> Portugal)

Rolls-Royce's Indian Jet Engine Bribes (UK —> India)

The South African Arms Deal (France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, UK —> South Africa)

South Korea's AW-159 Helicopters (UK, Italy —> South Korea)

South Korea’s “Mr. German U-boat” (Germany —> South Korea)

Taiwan's Lafayette Frigate Affair (France —> Taiwan)

Tanzania's Air Traffic Control System (UK —> Tanzania)



This compendium put together by the World Peace Foundation details 36 cases of corruption in the international arms trade and broader military sector. It forms part of WPF’s ongoing program on the Global Arms Trade and Corruption. The cases are also displayed on an interactive map, designed by Tufts GIS Data Lab. The global arms business—especially the international arms trade, but also domestic military procurement—is widely seen as one of the areas of legal business that is most subject to corruption. Researcher and former oil industry executive Joe Roeber, in Parallel Markets (2005), estimated that 40% of corruption in international trade was related to the arms trade. This was based on a detailed survey of materials not in the public domain, relating to complaints of corrupt activities in international trade, to which he had access. Among recent works documenting the ubiquitous corruption that characterizes the arms business are Andrew Feinstein’s The Shadow World (2011), Nick Gilby’s Deception in High Places (2014), focusing on the UK, and Jean Guisnel's Armes de Corruption Massive (2011), focusing on France.

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