Africa - Countries with the Highest Military Spending
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  Overview

Which country spends the most in defense in Africa?
The country with the highest defense budget in Africa is Algeria at US$10,304M. At second and third, are Egypt with a budget of US$3,744M and Morocco with a military spending of US$3,721M.
The average military spending by countries in Africa is around US$789.3M.

 Compare Algeria with Morocco


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Percentage of GDP on Defense. Algeria's defence budget makes up 6% of its GDP - the highest in Africa. On average, countries in Africa spend %1.6 of their GDPs on defense.


These are the countries with the highest defense budgets in Africa:

Algeria.

Algerian army, 116th operational maneuver regiment (Special Forces 2020)

Algeria's defence budget is the highest in Africa. Algeria's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$10,304M (6% of its GDP). Its percentage of GDP allocated to defence spending is the third-highest worldwide.

Algeria has the second-largest military force in Africa. Algeria has a military that is composed of 130,000 active personnel, 150,000 in reserve and 187,200 from paramilitary forces, totalling 467,200 or 11.2 military personnel per 1000 in population.

Algeria's battle tank force is the second-largest in Africa. On land, Algeria has a mobile force of 1,195 tanks. For aerial defence, Algeria has an air force of 120 military aircrafts and 77 attack helicopters.

Algeria's naval fleet is the second-largest in Africa. Algeria has a naval fleet of 18 vessels, including 6 non-nuclear submarines. Rounding up the fleet of warships are 5 frigates and 6 corvettes.

 

 Compare Algeria with Angola

 Compare Algeria with South Africa


Egypt.

Egyptian Military Power 2020 (Credit: Youtube/Northrop Devonte)

The country with the second-highest defence budget in Africa is Egypt. Egypt allocates about 1.20% of its GDP (estimated at US$3,744M) for its defence budget.

Egypt has the largest military force in Africa. Egypt has a military that is composed of 438,500 active personnel (largest in Africa), 479,000 in reserve and 397,000 from paramilitary forces, totalling 1,314,500 or 13.2 military personnel per 1000 in population.

Egypt's battle tank force is the largest in Africa. On land, Egypt has a mobile force of 4,295 tanks. For aerial defence, Egypt has an air force of 569 military aircrafts and 132 attack helicopters.

Egypt has the largest naval fleet in Africa. Egypt has a naval fleet of 22 vessels, including 8 non-nuclear submarines. Other offensive warships in the naval arsenal include 7 frigates and 7 corvettes.

 

 Compare Egypt with Algeria

 Compare Egypt with Nigeria


Morocco.

Royal Moroccan Navy | 2015 (Credit: Youtube/Moroccan Military Power)

Morocco has the third-highest defence budget in Africa. The defence budget of Morocco is estimated at US$3,721M at around 3.10% of its GDP. Its percentage of GDP allocated to defence spending is the third-highest in Africa.

Morocco's military force is the third-largest in Africa. Morocco has a military of 395,800 personnel, with 195,800 active (third-largest in Africa), 150,000 in reserve and 50,000 from paramilitary forces, making up 11.5 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Morocco has a mobile force of 434 tanks. For aerial defence, Morocco has an air force of 92 military aircrafts and 33 attack helicopters.

Other offensive warships in the naval arsenal include 5 frigates, 1 destroyers and 1 corvettes.

 

 Compare Morocco with Chad

 Compare Morocco with Senegal


South Africa.

How powerful is the South African military? (Credit: Youtube/African Defence Review)

The defence budget of South Africa is estimated at US$3,465M at around 1% of its GDP.

South Africa has a military of 80,400 personnel, with 65,350 active and 15,050 in reserve, making up 1.5 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, South Africa has a mobile force of 34 tanks. For aerial defence, South Africa has an air force of 105 military aircrafts and 15 attack helicopters.

South Africa has a naval fleet of 7 vessels, including 3 non-nuclear submarines.

 

 Compare South Africa with Mauritius

 Compare South Africa with Ethiopia


Sudan.

Sudanese Special Operations Forces (Credit: Youtube/Power of African military)

Sudan's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$722M (1.60% of its GDP).

Sudan has a military of 209,300 personnel, with 104,300 active and 105,000 from paramilitary forces, making up 4.9 military personnel per 1000 in population.

Sudan has the third-largest battle tank force in Africa. On land, Sudan has a mobile force of 465 tanks. For aerial defence, Sudan has an air force of 63 military aircrafts and 45 attack helicopters.

 

 Compare Sudan with Mauritania

 Compare Sudan with Libya


Uganda.

Uganda People's Defence Force 2018 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

Uganda allocates about 2.10% of its GDP (estimated at US$646M) for its defence budget.

With a 56,400-strong military, Uganda has a per-capita ratio of 1.4 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 45,000 active personnel, 10,000 reserve personnel and 1,400 from paramilitary forces.

On land, Uganda has a mobile force of 239 tanks. For aerial defence, Uganda has an air force of 16 military aircrafts and 6 attack helicopters.

 

 Compare Uganda with Djibouti

 Compare Uganda with Eritrea


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