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Swiss Weapons Makers, Stymied by Ukraine Ban, Find Solace in Qatar Export Surge

  • Weapon sales grew to $1 billion; Middle East among top buyers
  • Industry says neutrality restrictions deprive it of business

Switzerland’s exports of arms and ammunition grew by almost a third last year, even though manufacturers complain the country’s longstanding neutrality puts them in an existential bind.

Swiss-made arms worth 955 million Swiss francs ($1 billion) were exported in 2022, up 29% from a year earlier, the government said Tuesday. Shipments to Europe now only account for half of total exports — down from about two thirds in 2021 — while more shipments are going to the Middle East.