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 2019 was $3.47B, a 5.59% decline from 2018.
  • South Africa military spending/defense budget for 2018 was $3.67B, a 0.9% increase from 2017.
  • South Africa military spending/defense budget for 2017 was $3.64B, a 14.76% increase from 2016.
  • South Africa military spending/defense budget for 2016 was $3.17B, a 9.15% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Billions of US $
China $261.08B
Russia $65.10B
Brazil $26.95B
Turkey $20.45B
Iran $12.62B
Algeria $10.30B
Colombia $10.08B
Iraq $7.60B
Thailand $7.31B
Mexico $6.54B
Romania $4.94B
Malaysia $3.77B
South Africa $3.47B
Peru $2.72B
Lebanon $2.52B
Ecuador $2.47B
Bulgaria $2.13B
Jordan $2.03B
Azerbaijan $1.85B
Kazakhstan $1.77B
Serbia $1.14B
Belarus $0.78B
Armenia $0.67B
Dominican Republic $0.62B
Botswana $0.52B
Namibia $0.41B
Paraguay $0.40B
Guatemala $0.34B
Gabon $0.27B
Jamaica $0.25B
Albania $0.20B
Bosnia $0.18B
North Macedonia $0.15B
Montenegro $0.09B
Fiji $0.08B
Guyana $0.07B
Belize $0.02B
Mauritius $0.02B
Costa Rica $0.00B
South Africa Military Spending/Defense Budget - Historical Data
Year Billions of US $ % of GDP
2019 $3.47B 0.98%
2018 $3.67B 1.00%
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%