ASEAN Countries with the Highest Military Spending
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Which ASEAN country spends the most in defense?
The ASEAN country with the highest defense budget is Singapore at US$11,211M. At second and third, are Indonesia with a budget of US$7,665M and Thailand with a military spending of US$7,315M.
The average military spending by ASEAN countries is around US$4,921.5M.

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ASEAN, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is an alliance of 10 nations in Southeast Asia. It is both an economic and political alliance and is increasingly caught up in the geo-political tensions between USA and China.

Percentage of GDP on Defense. Brunei's defence budget makes up 3.30% of its GDP - the highest among ASEAN countries. On average, ASEAN countries spend %1.8 of their GDPs on defense.


These are the ASEAN countries with the highest defense budgets:

Singapore.

Singapore Defence Strategy: The country spends more than $11 billion a year (Credit: TRT World)

Singapore allocates about 3.20% of its GDP (estimated at US$11,211M) for its defence budget. Its percentage of GDP allocated to defence spending is the third-highest in Asia.

With a 310,900-strong military, Singapore has a per-capita ratio of 51.9 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 51,000 active personnel, 252,500 reserve personnel and 7,400 from paramilitary forces.

On land, Singapore has a mobile force of 96 tanks. For aerial defence, Singapore has an air force of 126 military aircrafts and 25 attack helicopters.

Singapore has a naval fleet of 22 vessels, including 6 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 6 frigates and 6 corvettes.

 

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Indonesia.

Indonesia has a military that is composed of 395,500 active personnel, 400,000 in reserve and 280,000 from paramilitary forces, totalling 1,075,500 or 4.1 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Indonesia has a mobile force of 378 tanks. For aerial defence, Indonesia has an air force of 97 military aircrafts and 45 attack helicopters.

Indonesia has a naval fleet of 36 vessels, including 2 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 11 frigates and 18 corvettes.

 

 Compare Indonesia with Laos

 Compare Indonesia with Tajikistan


Thailand.

Royal Thai Armed Forces 2018 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

The defence budget of Thailand is estimated at US$7,315M at around 1.30% of its GDP.

Thailand has a military of 699,550 personnel, with 360,850 active, 200,000 in reserve and 138,700 from paramilitary forces, making up 10.2 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Thailand has a mobile force of 288 tanks. For aerial defence, Thailand has an air force of 143 military aircrafts and 47 attack helicopters.

Thailand has a naval fleet of 19 vessels, including 1 aircraft carriers. Rounding up the fleet of warships are 10 frigates and 7 corvettes.

 

 Compare Thailand with North Korea

 Compare Thailand with Uzbekistan


Malaysia.

Malaysian Armed Forces 2018 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

The defence budget of Malaysia is estimated at US$3,769M at around 1% of its GDP.

Malaysia has a military that is composed of 113,000 active personnel, 51,600 in reserve and 267,200 from paramilitary forces, totalling 431,800 or 13.6 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Malaysia has a mobile force of 48 tanks. For aerial defence, Malaysia has an air force of 67 military aircrafts and 32 attack helicopters.

Malaysia has a naval fleet of 16 vessels, including 2 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 10 frigates and 4 corvettes.

 

 Compare Malaysia with Japan

 Compare Malaysia with Laos


Philippines.

Philippine Armed Forces 2017 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

Philippines allocates about 1% of its GDP (estimated at US$3,472M) for its defence budget.

Philippines has a military of 336,400 personnel, with 143,100 active, 131,000 in reserve and 62,300 from paramilitary forces, making up 3.2 military personnel per 1000 in population.

For aerial defence, Philippines has an air force of 22 military aircrafts and 27 attack helicopters.

 

 Compare Philippines with Kazakhstan

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Vietnam.

Vietnam Armed forces 2020 (Credit: Manconst Channel)

Vietnam's military force is the third-largest in the world. Vietnam has a military of 5,522,000 personnel, with 482,000 active and 5,040,000 from paramilitary forces, making up 108.4 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its per-capita military is the third-highest in Asia.

On land, Vietnam has a mobile force of 1,800 tanks. For aerial defence, Vietnam has an air force of 97 military aircrafts and 47 attack helicopters.

Vietnam has a naval fleet of 14 vessels, including 6 non-nuclear submarines. Rounding up the fleet of warships are 2 frigates and 6 corvettes.

 

 Compare Vietnam with Timor Leste

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Laos.

Laos celebrates founding anniversary of the Lao People's Armed Forces (Credit: Youtube/CGTN)

Laos has a military of 129,100 personnel, with 29,100 active and 100,000 from paramilitary forces, making up 17.8 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Laos has a mobile force of 25 tanks. For aerial defence, Laos has an heli-force of 12 attack helicopters.

 

 Compare Laos with Kyrgyzstan

 Compare Laos with North Korea


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