South Africa 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).
  • South Africa military spending/defense budget for 2018 was $3.64B, a 0.03% increase from 2017.
  • South Africa military spending/defense budget for 2017 was $3.64B, a 14.8% increase from 2016.
  • South Africa military spending/defense budget for 2016 was $3.17B, a 9.15% decline from 2015.
  • South Africa military spending/defense budget for 2015 was $3.49B, a 10.37% decline from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Billions of US $
China $250.00B
Russia $61.39B
Brazil $27.77B
Turkey $18.97B
Iran $13.19B
Colombia $10.60B
Algeria $9.58B
Thailand $6.83B
Mexico $6.57B
Iraq $6.32B
Romania $4.61B
South Africa $3.64B
Malaysia $3.47B
Lebanon $2.78B
Peru $2.71B
Ecuador $2.55B
Jordan $1.96B
Azerbaijan $1.71B
Kazakhstan $1.61B
Bulgaria $1.10B
Serbia $0.90B
Belarus $0.72B
Armenia $0.61B
Dominican Republic $0.60B
Botswana $0.53B
Namibia $0.45B
Paraguay $0.39B
Guatemala $0.28B
Gabon $0.26B
Bosnia $0.22B
Jamaica $0.21B
Albania $0.18B
North Macedonia $0.12B
Montenegro $0.08B
Guyana $0.06B
Fiji $0.05B
Mauritius $0.02B
Belize $0.02B
Costa Rica $0.00B
South Africa Military Spending/Defense Budget - Historical Data
Year Billions of US $ % of GDP
2018 $3.64B 0.98%
2017 $3.64B 1.04%
2016 $3.17B 1.08%
2015 $3.49B 1.10%
2014 $3.89B 1.11%
2013 $4.12B 1.12%
2012 $4.49B 1.13%
2011 $4.59B 1.10%
2010 $4.19B 1.12%
2009 $3.59B 1.21%
2008 $3.29B 1.15%
2007 $3.53B 1.18%
2006 $3.51B 1.29%
2005 $3.57B 1.38%
2004 $3.10B 1.36%
2003 $2.57B 1.47%
2002 $1.77B 1.53%
2001 $1.80B 1.48%
2000 $1.89B 1.39%
1999 $1.74B 1.27%
1998 $1.91B 1.38%
1997 $2.41B 1.58%
1996 $2.59B 1.76%
1995 $3.29B 2.12%
1994 $3.48B 2.56%
1993 $3.25B 2.50%
1992 $3.68B 2.82%
1991 $3.87B 3.22%
1990 $4.36B 3.90%
1989 $4.18B 4.36%
1988 $4.26B 4.62%
1987 $3.60B 4.19%
1986 $2.50B 3.82%
1985 $2.12B 3.70%
1984 $2.77B 3.70%
1983 $3.05B 3.60%
1982 $2.74B 3.61%
1981 $3.01B 3.64%
1980 $2.66B 3.30%
1979 $2.16B 3.86%
1978 $2.07B 4.56%
1977 $2.07B 5.26%
1976 $1.68B 4.73%
1975 $1.43B 3.88%
1974 $1.10B 3.09%
1973 $0.75B 2.65%
1972 $0.49B 2.37%
1971 $0.49B 2.46%
1970 $0.42B 2.33%
1969 $0.43B 2.61%
1968 $0.40B 2.76%
1967 $0.37B 2.79%
1966 $0.32B 2.70%
1965 $0.29B 2.63%
1964 $0.27B 2.70%
1963 $0.19B 2.06%
1962 $0.19B 2.25%
1961 $0.11B 1.47%
1960 $0.07B 0.95%