article WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The real value of U.N. plastics, which can fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars for their parts, has fallen by more than half over the past two years, but the value of the material still far exceeds that of the Pentagon’s military-grade products, according to new government data.
U.S.-made plastic was worth about $8.6 billion in 2013, according the most recent government data released on Thursday.
The Pentagon’s plastic was valued at $6.9 billion.
The Pentagon has not yet provided figures for its plastics in other years.
The data, which covers the fiscal year that ended in June, covers the first six months of fiscal 2017, and includes the estimated value of all U.A.E. plastics sold by the Pentagon.
It does not include materials used to make the military’s more expensive and highly-classified “super-piercing” weapons.
The U.K.-based plastics maker Raytheon Co., which makes the Raytheons most advanced laser weapons, is the biggest U.R.U., with about $5.2 billion in the first quarter.
Unease over the cost of UN. plastic was a common theme among the data, with the United States, Britain, France, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden the most critical buyers.
U.U.-backed China and Russia also bought large quantities of UAN-9, the U.O.E.-4, U.P.R.-1, and UAN1-6 plastic components.
China also bought about $1.6 million worth of UPN-6 and UPN1-3 plastics, said the data.
The total value of plastics that were sold at U.AN-4 in the UAR data was $7.5 million, the most ever.
UAN5 was the highest at $5 million.