Countries with the Highest Military Spending

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Categories: World General
Dataset contains 172 data items (see table below).

Overview

Which country spends the most in defense?
The country with the highest defense budget is United States at US$731,751M. At second and third, are China with a budget of US$261,082M and India with a military spending of US$71,125M.
Globally, the average military spending by countries is around US$12,617.4M.

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Percentage of GDP on Defense. Oman's defence budget makes up 8.80% of its GDP - the highest in the world. On average, countries spend %1.8 of their GDPs on defense.


These are the countries with the highest defense budgets:

United States.

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United States's defence budget is the highest in the world. United States allocates about 3.40% of its GDP (estimated at US$731,751M) for its defence budget. Its percentage of GDP allocated to defence spending is the highest in North America.

United States has the largest military force in North America. United States has a military of 2,233,050 personnel, with 1,388,100 active (third-largest in the world) and 844,950 in reserve, making up 6.8 military personnel per 1000 in population.

United States's battle tank force is the largest in North America. On land, United States has a mobile force of 8,850 tanks. For aerial defence, United States has an air force of 14,061 military aircrafts and 3,720 attack helicopters.

United States's naval fleet is the second-largest in the world. United States has a naval fleet of 254 vessels, including 11 aircraft carriers and 70 nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 21 frigates, 69 destroyers and 27 corvettes.

 

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China.

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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.

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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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Russia.

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Russia's defence budget is the highest in Europe. Russia's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$65,103M (3.90% of its GDP). Its percentage of GDP allocated to defence spending is the second-highest in Europe.

Russia has the largest military force in Europe. Russia has a military of 3,568,000 personnel, with 1,014,000 active (largest in Europe), 2,000,000 in reserve and 554,000 from paramilitary forces, making up 25.1 military personnel per 1000 in population.

Russia's battle tank force is the largest in the world. On land, Russia has a mobile force of 22,710 tanks. For aerial defence, Russia has an air force of 3,212 military aircrafts and 1,438 attack helicopters.

Russia's naval fleet is the third-largest in the world. Russia has a naval fleet of 220 vessels, including 1 aircraft carriers and 59 nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 6 frigates, 18 destroyers and 78 corvettes.

 

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Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia's defence budget is the highest in Middle East. Saudi Arabia's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$61,867M (8% of its GDP). Its percentage of GDP allocated to defence spending is the second-highest globally.

Saudi Arabia has a military of 251,500 personnel, with 227,000 active (second-largest in Middle East) and 24,500 from paramilitary forces, making up 7.6 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Saudi Arabia has a mobile force of 600 tanks. For aerial defence, Saudi Arabia has an air force of 313 military aircrafts and 85 attack helicopters.

Other offensive warships in the naval arsenal include 4 frigates, 3 destroyers and 4 corvettes.

 

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France.

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

The country with the second-highest defence budget in Europe is France. The defence budget of France is estimated at US$50,119M at around 1.90% of its GDP.

France has a military of 375,100 personnel, with 203,250 active, 41,050 in reserve and 130,800 from paramilitary forces, making up 5.6 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, France has a mobile force of 200 tanks. For aerial defence, France has an air force of 395 military aircrafts and 293 attack helicopters.

France's naval fleet is the third-largest in Europe. France has a naval fleet of 36 vessels, including 1 aircraft carriers and 10 nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 11 frigates and 11 destroyers.

 

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