Iran 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).
  • Iran military spending/defense budget for 2022 was $6.85B, a 26.98% increase from 2021.
  • Iran military spending/defense budget for 2021 was $5.39B, a 77.76% increase from 2020.
  • Iran military spending/defense budget for 2020 was $3.03B, a 34.03% decline from 2019.
  • Iran military spending/defense budget for 2019 was $4.60B, a 59.06% decline from 2018.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Billions of US $
China $291.96B
Russia $86.37B
Brazil $20.21B
Turkey $10.64B
Colombia $9.94B
Algeria $9.15B
Mexico $8.54B
Iran $6.85B
Thailand $5.72B
Romania $5.19B
Lebanon $4.74B
Iraq $4.68B
Malaysia $3.67B
South Africa $3.00B
Azerbaijan $2.99B
Peru $2.85B
Ecuador $2.49B
Jordan $2.32B
Serbia $1.43B
Bulgaria $1.34B
Kazakhstan $1.13B
Belarus $0.82B
Armenia $0.80B
Dominican Republic $0.76B
Botswana $0.49B
Guatemala $0.43B
Namibia $0.37B
Paraguay $0.37B
Albania $0.29B
Gabon $0.28B
North Macedonia $0.22B
Jamaica $0.22B
Bosnia $0.18B
Equatorial Guinea $0.16B
Montenegro $0.10B
Guyana $0.08B
Fiji $0.07B
Belize $0.02B
Mauritius $0.02B
Venezuela $0.00B
Tuvalu $0.00B
Marshall Islands $0.00B
American Samoa $0.00B
Tonga $0.00B
Nauru $0.00B
Turkmenistan $0.00B
Maldives $0.00B
St. Lucia $0.00B
Suriname $0.00B
Samoa $0.00B
Dominica $0.00B
Libya $0.00B
Cuba $0.00B
Grenada $0.00B
St. Vincent and the Grenadines $0.00B
Costa Rica $0.00B
Iran Military Spending/Defense Budget - Historical Data
Year Billions of US $ % of GDP
2022 $6.85B 2.59%
2021 $5.39B 2.19%
2020 $3.03B 1.97%
2019 $4.60B 2.01%
2018 $11.23B 2.24%
2017 $13.93B 2.84%
2016 $12.26B 2.80%
2015 $10.59B 2.56%
2014 $9.90B 2.12%
2013 $12.00B 2.18%
2012 $16.49B 2.69%
2011 $14.28B 2.38%
2010 $13.56B 2.79%
2009 $12.58B 3.05%
2008 $11.08B 2.68%
2007 $9.33B 2.65%
2006 $8.75B 3.32%
2005 $6.80B 3.04%
2004 $5.24B 2.83%
2003 $3.72B 2.41%
2002 $3.24B 2.17%
2001 $10.38B 2.42%
2000 $8.33B 2.30%
1999 $6.65B 2.40%
1998 $5.48B 2.63%
1997 $4.64B 2.50%
1996 $3.55B 2.24%
1995 $2.50B 2.15%
1994 $1.70B 2.07%
1993 $1.45B 1.70%
1992 $19.73B 1.79%
1991 $17.55B 2.17%
1990 $16.47B 2.94%
1989 $16.30B 4.56%
1988 $18.89B 6.27%
1987 $15.26B 5.89%
1986 $11.74B 6.08%
1985 $10.71B 6.51%
1984 $9.93B 6.35%
1983 $10.55B 7.10%
1982 $9.70B 7.91%
1981 $8.12B 8.19%
1980 $4.87B 5.34%
1979 $4.99B 5.80%
1978 $8.11B 11.11%
1977 $7.62B 10.19%
1976 $7.19B 11.25%
1975 $5.95B 12.07%
1974 $3.88B 8.75%
1973 $0.48B 1.86%
1972 $0.37B 2.28%
1971 $0.40B 3.05%
1970 $0.62B 5.86%
1969 $0.57B 5.97%
1968 $0.44B 5.18%
1967 $0.33B 4.46%
1966 $0.26B 3.82%
1965 $0.20B 3.25%
1964 $0.16B 2.88%
1963 $0.13B 2.59%
1962 $0.11B 2.31%
1961 $0.11B 2.35%
1960 $0.10B 2.29%