U.K. Military Spending/Defense Budget 1960-2021

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 2019 was $48.65B, a 2.49% decline from 2018.
  • U.K. military spending/defense budget for 2018 was $49.89B, a 7.45% increase from 2017.
  • U.K. military spending/defense budget for 2017 was $46.43B, a 3.5% decline from 2016.
  • U.K. military spending/defense budget for 2016 was $48.12B, a 10.66% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Billions of US $
United States $731.75B
Saudi Arabia $61.87B
France $50.12B
Germany $49.28B
United Kingdom $48.65B
Japan $47.61B
South Korea $43.89B
Italy $26.79B
Australia $25.91B
Canada $22.20B
Israel $20.46B
Spain $17.18B
Netherlands $12.06B
Poland $11.90B
Singapore $11.21B
Kuwait $7.71B
Norway $7.00B
Oman $6.73B
Sweden $5.92B
Greece $5.47B
Chile $5.18B
Switzerland $5.18B
Belgium $4.82B
Denmark $4.56B
Portugal $4.51B
Finland $3.97B
Austria $3.24B
Argentina $3.14B
New Zealand $2.93B
Czech Republic $2.91B
Hungary $1.90B
Slovak Republic $1.87B
Bahrain $1.40B
Uruguay $1.15B
Ireland $1.11B
Lithuania $1.08B
Croatia $1.01B
Latvia $0.71B
Estonia $0.66B
Slovenia $0.57B
Luxembourg $0.43B
Brunei $0.41B
Cyprus $0.40B
Trinidad and Tobago $0.17B
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
2019 $48.65B 1.74%
2018 $49.89B 1.77%
2017 $46.43B 1.77%
2016 $48.12B 1.81%
2015 $53.86B 1.86%
2014 $59.18B 1.95%
2013 $56.86B 2.07%
2012 $58.50B 2.19%
2011 $60.27B 2.29%
2010 $58.08B 2.37%
2009 $57.91B 2.42%
2008 $65.62B 2.26%
2007 $65.99B 2.14%
2006 $57.48B 2.13%
2005 $55.15B 2.18%
2004 $53.97B 2.25%
2003 $46.94B 2.30%
2002 $39.66B 2.24%
2001 $35.33B 2.17%
2000 $35.25B 2.14%
1999 $36.45B 2.18%
1998 $36.87B 2.25%
1997 $35.67B 2.30%
1996 $34.49B 2.45%
1995 $34.25B 2.56%
1994 $34.49B 3.02%
1993 $34.09B 3.21%
1992 $40.77B 3.46%
1991 $42.07B 3.68%
1990 $38.94B 3.56%
1989 $33.50B 3.61%
1988 $34.30B 3.77%
1987 $31.23B 4.19%
1986 $27.22B 4.53%
1985 $23.28B 4.76%
1984 $22.73B 4.93%
1983 $23.63B 4.83%
1982 $24.79B 4.81%
1981 $24.10B 4.46%
1980 $25.36B 4.49%
1979 $18.37B 4.19%
1978 $14.22B 4.23%
1977 $11.58B 4.40%
1976 $10.77B 4.63%
1975 $11.54B 4.78%
1974 $9.35B 4.53%
1973 $8.45B 4.39%
1972 $7.86B 4.62%
1971 $6.72B 4.54%
1970 $6.07B 4.65%
1969 $5.54B 4.92%
1968 $5.56B 5.31%
1967 $6.20B 5.58%
1966 $5.98B 5.59%
1965 $5.79B 5.76%
1964 $5.51B 5.90%
1963 $5.20B 6.08%
1962 $5.01B 6.21%
1961 $4.75B 6.19%
1960 $4.59B 6.34%