BERLIN, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Exports of military equipment approved by the German government increased to a total of 6.35 billion euros (6.98 billion U.S. dollars) between January and September, the German press agency (DPA) reported on Monday.
Compared to last year, approved arms exports increased by 75 percent, according to a governmental response to an inquiry by Green Party politician Omid Nouripour seen by DPA.
German military exports are heading for a peak in 2019 as approvals for military exports had already exceeded the previous year's total of 4.8 billion euros by the middle of 2019.
Back in 2015 and 2016, the German government had permitted exports of weapons and military equipment amounting to record levels of 7.86 and 6.85 billion euros respectively.
According to DPA, most exports "by far" this year were granted to Hungary with 1.77 billion euros, followed by Egypt with 802 million euros. (1 euro=1.10 U.S. dollars)