Iranian Defence Expenditure


The following table shows Iranian defence expenditure in each year since 1989 in local currency and constant US$ as well as the military burden, defined as spending as a proportion of GDP.

According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in 2007 Iran’s defence expenditure was one of the lowest in the Middle East as measured by defence expenditure per head of population.  The per capita figure of US$114 was lower in only Syria (US$76), Egypt (US$56) and Yemen (US$41).  The highest levels of defence expenditure per capita within the region were in UAE (US$3,815), Israel (US$1,806) and Kuwait (US$1,500).

Military Expenditure of Iran

Note: The figures do not include spending on the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
Source: SIPRI Military Expenditure Database

The text and table above are excerpted from p.5 of Claire Taylor, “Iran: Conventional Military Capabilities” (24 September 2009), a standard note published by the UK House of Commons Library.  It is reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes.

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