South America - Countries with the Highest Military Spending
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Which country spends the most in defense in South America?
The country with the highest defense budget in South America is Brazil at US$26,946M. At second and third, are Colombia with a budget of US$10,084M and Chile with a military spending of US$5,182M.
The average military spending by countries in South America is around US$5,276.4M.

 Compare Brazil with Argentina


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Percentage of GDP on Defense. Colombia's defence budget makes up 3.20% of its GDP - the highest in South America. On average, countries in South America spend %1.7 of their GDPs on defense.


These are the countries with the highest defense budgets in South America:

Brazil.

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

Brazil's defence budget is the highest in South America. The defence budget of Brazil is estimated at US$26,946M at around 1.50% of its GDP.

Brazil has the largest military force in South America. Brazil has a military that is composed of 366,500 active personnel (largest in South America), 1,340,000 in reserve and 395,000 from paramilitary forces, totalling 2,101,500 or 10.1 military personnel per 1000 in population.

Brazil's battle tank force is the largest in South America. On land, Brazil has a mobile force of 393 tanks. For aerial defence, Brazil has an air force of 292 military aircrafts and 78 attack helicopters.

Brazil has the largest naval fleet in South America. Brazil has a naval fleet of 24 vessels, including 5 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 11 frigates, 3 destroyers and 4 corvettes.

 

 Compare Brazil with Ecuador

 Compare Brazil with Colombia


Colombia.

Colombian Armed Forces 2019 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

The country with the second-highest defence budget in South America is Colombia. The defence budget of Colombia is estimated at US$10,084M at around 3.20% of its GDP. Its percentage of GDP allocated to defence spending is the highest in South America.

Colombia has the second-largest military force in South America. Colombia has a military that is composed of 293,200 active personnel (second-largest in South America), 34,950 in reserve and 187,900 from paramilitary forces, totalling 516,050 or 10.7 military personnel per 1000 in population.

For aerial defence, Colombia has an air force of 86 military aircrafts and 49 attack helicopters.

Colombia has a naval fleet of 9 vessels, including 4 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 4 frigates and 1 corvettes.

 

 Compare Colombia with Argentina

 Compare Colombia with Brazil


Chile.

Chilean Armed Forces 2019 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

Chile has the third-highest defence budget in South America. The defence budget of Chile is estimated at US$5,182M at around 1.80% of its GDP.

With a 161,900-strong military, Chile has a per-capita ratio of 9 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 77,200 active personnel, 40,000 reserve personnel and 44,700 from paramilitary forces.

Chile's battle tank force is the second-largest in South America. On land, Chile has a mobile force of 245 tanks. For aerial defence, Chile has an air force of 96 military aircrafts and 25 attack helicopters.

Chile has a naval fleet of 13 vessels, including 4 non-nuclear submarines. Rounding up the fleet of warships are 7 frigates and 1 destroyers.

 

 Compare Chile with Colombia

 Compare Chile with Uruguay


Argentina.

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

With a 103,350-strong military, Argentina has a per-capita ratio of 2.3 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 72,100 active personnel and 31,250 from paramilitary forces.

Argentina has the third-largest battle tank force in South America. On land, Argentina has a mobile force of 213 tanks. For aerial defence, Argentina has an air force of 123 military aircrafts and 44 attack helicopters.

Argentina's naval fleet is the third-largest in South America. Argentina has a naval fleet of 17 vessels, including 3 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 6 frigates, 5 destroyers and 3 corvettes.

 

 Compare Argentina with Chile

 Compare Argentina with Colombia


Peru.

Peruvian Military Mobilized to Secure Borders (Credit: Youtube/VOA News)

The defence budget of Peru is estimated at US$2,725M at around 1.20% of its GDP.

Peru has a military that is composed of 81,000 active personnel, 188,000 in reserve and 77,000 from paramilitary forces, totalling 346,000 or 11 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its per-capita military is the third-highest in South America.

On land, Peru has a mobile force of 165 tanks. For aerial defence, Peru has an air force of 78 military aircrafts and 264 attack helicopters.

Peru's naval fleet is the second-largest in South America. Peru has a naval fleet of 19 vessels, including 6 non-nuclear submarines. Rounding up the fleet of warships are 7 frigates and 6 corvettes.

 

 Compare Peru with Argentina

 Compare Peru with Chile


Venezuela.

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

Venezuela's military force is the third-largest in South America. With a 351,000-strong military, Venezuela has a per-capita ratio of 11.1 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 123,000 active personnel (third-largest in South America), 8,000 reserve personnel and 220,000 from paramilitary forces. Its per-capita military is the second-highest in South America.

On land, Venezuela has a mobile force of 173 tanks. For aerial defence, Venezuela has an air force of 98 military aircrafts and 293 attack helicopters.

Venezuela has a naval fleet of 8 vessels, including 2 non-nuclear submarines.

 

 Compare Venezuela with Brazil

 Compare Venezuela with Bolivia


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