Asia - Countries with the Highest Military Spending

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Categories: World General Asia Pacific
Dataset contains 28 data items (see table below).

Overview

Which country spends the most in defense in Asia?
The country with the highest defense budget in Asia is China at US$261,082M. At second and third, are India with a budget of US$71,125M and Japan with a military spending of US$47,609M.
The average military spending by countries in Asia is around US$23,293.6M.

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Percentage of GDP on Defense. Pakistan and Azerbaijan spend the highest percentage of their GDP on defence at 4% in Asia. On average, countries in Asia spend %1.9 of their GDPs on defense.


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

China.

How is China strengthening its military? (Credit: Youtube/CGTN)

The country with the second-highest defence budget in the world is China. China's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$261,082M (1.90% of its GDP).

With a 4,015,000-strong military, China has a per-capita ratio of 2.9 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 2,185,000 active personnel (largest in the world), 1,170,000 reserve personnel and 660,000 from paramilitary forces.

China has the third-largest battle tank force in the world. On land, China has a mobile force of 9,000 tanks. For aerial defence, China has an air force of 2,615 military aircrafts and 450 attack helicopters.

China has the largest naval fleet in the world. China has a naval fleet of 270 vessels, including 2 aircraft carriers, 14 nuclear submarines and 55 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 52 frigates, 36 destroyers and 42 corvettes.

 

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India.

India's Military Might On Display At Grand Republic Day Parade (Credit: Youtube/NDTV)

India has the third-highest defence budget in the world. India's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$71,125M (2.40% of its GDP).

India has a military that is composed of 1,455,550 active personnel (second-largest globally), 1,155,000 in reserve and 2,526,950 from paramilitary forces, totalling 5,137,500 or 4 military personnel per 1000 in population.

India has the third-largest battle tank force in Asia. On land, India has a mobile force of 6,464 tanks. For aerial defence, India has an air force of 544 military aircrafts and 23 attack helicopters.

India has a naval fleet of 69 vessels, including 1 aircraft carriers, 2 nuclear submarines and 14 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 14 frigates, 11 destroyers and 26 corvettes.

 

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Japan.

How Strong Is Japan’s Military? (Credit: Youtube/Newsweek)

Japan has a military of 317,500 personnel, with 247,150 active, 56,000 in reserve and 14,350 from paramilitary forces, making up 2.5 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Japan has a mobile force of 688 tanks. For aerial defence, Japan has an air force of 777 military aircrafts and 207 attack helicopters.

Japan has a naval fleet of 73 vessels, including 20 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 6 frigates and 40 destroyers.

 

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South Korea.

South Korea shows off military hardware in Armed Forces Day ceremony... with one eye on North Korea (ARIRANG NEWS)

South Korea allocates about 2.70% of its GDP (estimated at US$43,891M) for its defence budget.

South Korea has the second-largest military force in the world. South Korea has a military that is composed of 599,000 active personnel, 3,100,000 in reserve and 3,013,500 from paramilitary forces, totalling 6,712,500 or 130.5 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its per-capita military is the second-highest in the world.

On land, South Korea has a mobile force of 2,514 tanks. For aerial defence, South Korea has an air force of 587 military aircrafts and 273 attack helicopters.

South Korea's naval fleet is the second-largest in Asia. South Korea has a naval fleet of 86 vessels, including 23 non-nuclear submarines. Other offensive warships in the naval arsenal include 14 frigates, 12 destroyers and 36 corvettes.

 

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Singapore.

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

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

Singapore has a military of 310,900 personnel, with 51,000 active, 252,500 in reserve and 7,400 from paramilitary forces, making up 51.9 military personnel per 1000 in population.

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 also possesses numerous warships, including 6 frigates and 6 corvettes.

 

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Taiwan.

Could China Take Taiwan By Force? (Credit: Youtube/CNA Insider)

Taiwan's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$10,420M (1.70% of its GDP).

Taiwan has a military that is composed of 163,000 active personnel, 1,657,000 in reserve and 11,800 from paramilitary forces, totalling 1,831,800 or 77.8 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Taiwan has a mobile force of 566 tanks. For aerial defence, Taiwan has an air force of 485 military aircrafts and 154 attack helicopters.

Taiwan has a naval fleet of 31 vessels, including 4 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 22 frigates and 4 destroyers.

 

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Pakistan.

Pakistan Army Power in the World 2019 By PAK Army official

Pakistan allocates about 4% of its GDP (estimated at US$10,256M) for its defence budget. Its percentage of GDP allocated to defence spending is the highest in Asia.

With a 1,495,000-strong military, Pakistan has a per-capita ratio of 7.2 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 654,000 active personnel, 550,000 reserve personnel and 291,000 from paramilitary forces.

On land, Pakistan has a mobile force of 3,010 tanks. For aerial defence, Pakistan has an air force of 356 military aircrafts and 56 attack helicopters.

Pakistan has a naval fleet of 5 vessels, including 5 non-nuclear submarines.

 

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