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Get access to latest Austria defence tenders and bids. Find business opportunities and government contracts for Austria defence tenders, Austria defence contracts, global Austria defence tenders, Austria defence procurement, Austria army tenders, Austria navy tenders, Austria air force tenders, Austria military tenders, Austria defence agency tenders, Austria arms ammunition tenders, Austria weapons tenders, Austria defence ICBs. Find Austria defence bids, tenders, procurement, RFPs, RFQs, ICBs. The economy of Austria is a developed social market economy, with the country being one of the fourteen richest in the world in terms of GDP per capita. Until the 1980s, many of Austria's largest industry firms were nationalised. In recent years, privatisation has reduced state holdings to a level comparable to other European economies. Labour movements are particularly strong in Austria, and they have a large influence on labour politics. Next to a highly developed industry, international tourism is the most important part of the national economy. Trade with other EU countries accounts for almost 66% of Austrian imports and exports. Expanding trade and investment in the emerging markets of central and eastern Europe is a major element of Austrian economic activity. Trade with these countries accounts for almost 14% of Austrian imports and exports. The arms industry is a global industry which manufactures and sells weapons and military technology. It consists of a commercial industry involved in the research and development, engineering, production, and servicing of military material, equipment, and facilities. Arms-producing companies, or as the military industry, produce arms for the armed forces of states and for civilians. Departments of government also operate in the arms industry, buying and selling weapons, munitions and other military items. An arsenal is a place where arms and ammunition - whether privately or publicly owned - are made, maintained and repaired, stored, or issued, in any combination. Products of the arms industry include guns, artillery, ammunition, missiles, military aircraft, military vehicles, ships, electronic systems, night-vision devices, holographic weapon sights, laser rangefinders, laser sights, hand grenades, landmines and more. The arms industry also provides other logistical and operational support. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) estimated military expenditures as of 2018 at $1822 billion. Part of the money goes to the procurement of military hardware and services from the military industry. The five largest exporters in 2014–18 were the United States, Russia, France, Germany and China whilst the five biggest importers were Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Australia and Algeria. Many industrialized countries have a domestic arms-industry to supply their own military forces. Some countries also have a substantial legal or illegal domestic trade in weapons for use by their own citizens, primarily for self-defense, hunting or sporting purposes. Governments award contracts to supply their country's military; such arms contracts can become of substantial political importance. Various corporations, some publicly held, others private, bid for these contracts, which are often worth many billions of dollars.