U.K. Military Spending/Defense Budget 1960-2024

Military expenditures data from SIPRI are derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditures on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces; defense ministries and other government agencies engaged in defense projects; paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations; and military space activities. Such expenditures include military and civil personnel, including retirement pensions of military personnel and social services for personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; military research and development; and military aid (in the military expenditures of the donor country).
  • U.K. military spending/defense budget for 2021 was $68.37B, a 12.68% increase from 2020.
  • U.K. military spending/defense budget for 2020 was $60.68B, a 6.72% increase from 2019.
  • U.K. military spending/defense budget for 2019 was $56.86B, a 2.11% increase from 2018.
  • U.K. military spending/defense budget for 2018 was $55.68B, a 7.84% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Billions of US $
United States $800.67B
United Kingdom $68.37B
France $56.65B
Germany $56.02B
Saudi Arabia $55.56B
Japan $54.12B
South Korea $50.23B
Italy $32.01B
Australia $31.75B
Canada $26.45B
Israel $24.34B
Spain $19.54B
Netherlands $13.75B
Poland $13.71B
Qatar $11.59B
Singapore $11.12B
Kuwait $9.02B
Norway $8.25B
Greece $8.08B
Sweden $7.89B
Belgium $6.31B
Chile $6.23B
Finland $5.90B
Oman $5.78B
Switzerland $5.74B
Denmark $5.39B
Portugal $4.91B
Czech Republic $3.94B
Austria $3.83B
New Zealand $3.39B
Hungary $2.78B
Argentina $2.59B
Slovak Republic $1.98B
Croatia $1.74B
Bahrain $1.38B
Ireland $1.27B
Uruguay $1.26B
Lithuania $1.24B
Latvia $0.83B
Estonia $0.76B
Slovenia $0.73B
Cyprus $0.52B
Luxembourg $0.46B
Brunei $0.45B
Trinidad and Tobago $0.21B
Malta $0.08B
Seychelles $0.02B
Panama $0.00B
Iceland $0.00B
U.K. Military Spending/Defense Budget - Historical Data
Year Billions of US $ % of GDP
2021 $68.37B 2.22%
2020 $60.68B 2.24%
2019 $56.86B 1.98%
2018 $55.68B 1.92%
2017 $51.63B 1.92%
2016 $53.33B 1.96%
2015 $59.99B 2.03%
2014 $67.00B 2.17%
2013 $63.84B 2.28%
2012 $65.45B 2.41%
2011 $66.57B 2.49%
2010 $63.98B 2.57%
2009 $64.01B 2.64%
2008 $72.92B 2.48%
2007 $73.45B 2.36%
2006 $64.22B 2.36%
2005 $61.65B 2.43%
2004 $60.25B 2.50%
2003 $52.34B 2.55%
2002 $44.25B 2.49%
2001 $39.51B 2.41%
2000 $39.34B 2.37%
1999 $40.76B 2.42%
1998 $41.22B 2.50%
1997 $39.89B 2.56%
1996 $38.57B 2.72%
1995 $38.29B 2.85%
1994 $38.57B 3.38%
1993 $38.11B 3.59%
1992 $45.59B 3.86%
1991 $47.05B 4.12%
1990 $43.55B 3.98%
1989 $37.46B 4.04%
1988 $38.36B 4.21%
1987 $34.92B 4.69%
1986 $30.43B 5.06%
1985 $26.03B 5.32%
1984 $25.42B 5.51%
1983 $26.42B 5.40%
1982 $27.71B 5.38%
1981 $26.95B 4.98%
1980 $28.36B 5.02%
1979 $20.54B 4.68%
1978 $15.90B 4.73%
1977 $12.95B 4.92%
1976 $12.04B 5.18%
1975 $12.91B 5.34%
1974 $10.45B 5.07%
1973 $9.45B 4.91%
1972 $8.79B 5.17%
1971 $7.52B 5.08%
1970 $6.79B 5.20%
1969 $6.20B 5.50%
1968 $6.22B 5.94%
1967 $6.93B 6.24%
1966 $6.69B 6.25%
1965 $6.48B 6.44%
1964 $6.16B 6.60%
1963 $5.81B 6.80%
1962 $5.60B 6.94%
1961 $5.31B 6.92%
1960 $5.13B 7.09%