Saudi Arabia 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).
  • Saudi Arabia military spending/defense budget for 2018 was $67.55B, a 4.04% decline from 2017.
  • Saudi Arabia military spending/defense budget for 2017 was $70.40B, a 10.57% increase from 2016.
  • Saudi Arabia military spending/defense budget for 2016 was $63.67B, a 26.97% decline from 2015.
  • Saudi Arabia military spending/defense budget for 2015 was $87.19B, a 7.95% increase from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Billions of US $
United States $648.80B
Saudi Arabia $67.55B
France $63.80B
United Kingdom $50.00B
Germany $49.47B
Japan $46.62B
South Korea $43.07B
Italy $27.81B
Australia $26.71B
Canada $21.62B
Spain $18.25B
Israel $15.95B
Poland $11.60B
Netherlands $11.24B
Singapore $10.84B
Kuwait $7.30B
Norway $7.07B
Oman $6.71B
Sweden $5.76B
Chile $5.57B
Greece $5.23B
Belgium $4.96B
Switzerland $4.80B
Portugal $4.25B
Denmark $4.23B
Argentina $4.14B
Finland $3.85B
Austria $3.37B
Czech Republic $2.71B
New Zealand $2.26B
Hungary $1.64B
Bahrain $1.40B
Slovak Republic $1.28B
Ireland $1.21B
Uruguay $1.17B
Lithuania $1.03B
Croatia $0.89B
Latvia $0.68B
Estonia $0.62B
Slovenia $0.53B
Luxembourg $0.42B
Cyprus $0.38B
Brunei $0.35B
Trinidad and Tobago $0.17B
Malta $0.07B
Seychelles $0.02B
Panama $0.00B
Iceland $0.00B
Saudi Arabia Military Spending/Defense Budget - Historical Data
Year Billions of US $ % of GDP
2018 $67.55B 8.77%
2017 $70.40B 10.25%
2016 $63.67B 9.87%
2015 $87.19B 13.33%
2014 $80.76B 10.68%
2013 $67.02B 8.98%
2012 $56.50B 7.68%
2011 $48.53B 7.23%
2010 $45.24B 8.57%
2009 $41.27B 9.62%
2008 $38.22B 7.35%
2007 $35.47B 8.53%
2006 $29.58B 7.85%
2005 $25.39B 7.73%
2004 $20.91B 8.08%
2003 $18.75B 8.69%
2002 $18.50B 9.76%
2001 $21.03B 11.42%
2000 $19.96B 10.53%
1999 $18.32B 11.38%
1998 $20.86B 14.31%
1997 $18.13B 11.00%
1996 $13.34B 8.47%
1995 $13.20B 9.28%
1994 $14.28B 10.64%
1993 $16.45B 12.47%
1992 $15.36B 11.28%
1991 $16.36B 12.47%
1990 $16.36B 14.02%
1989 $12.75B 13.39%
1988 $13.35B 15.15%
1987 $14.46B 16.90%
1985 $17.66B 17.00%
1984 $22.67B 19.00%
1983 $21.87B 16.97%
1982 $27.10B 17.72%
1981 $24.40B 13.27%
1980 $20.72B 12.61%
1979 $17.62B 15.77%
1978 $13.40B 16.74%
1977 $11.58B 15.65%
1973 $1.57B 10.84%
1972 $0.93B 10.08%
1971 $0.59B 8.64%
1970 $0.47B 9.40%
1969 $0.43B 9.57%
1968 $0.34B 8.09%
1967 $0.34B 11.51%
1966 $0.30B 11.32%
1965 $0.18B 7.69%
1964 $0.12B 5.97%
1963 $0.11B 5.90%
1962 $0.08B 5.90%
1961 $0.07B 5.90%
1960 $0.14B 5.90%