French officials are celebrating another major arms deal with the sale of 30 military helicopters to Kuwait. The two countries are also fighting together in the coalition against the Islamic State group. Meanwhile, a Saudi-led coalition has recommenced airstrikes in Yemen after the collapse of UN-brokered peace talks. With billions of euros expected to be spent on weapons this year in the Middle East alone, some are warning that it's fuelling serious tension in an already unstable region.
Produced by Claire Brown, Yena Lee and Van Meguerditchian.
Senior researcher, Arms and Military Expenditure Programme (SIPRI)
Investigative reporter, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)