List of Muslim Countries by Military Budget Spending (2016)

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This map shows how powerful just four Muslim nations are compared to the three most powerful European nations, in terms of military budget. They are virtually equal.

Introduction:— In 2015, the combined total estimate of the Muslim country's military budget stood at $194.7 billion dollars, with the biggest spender amongst the Islamic nations being Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Iran. Afghanistan remains one of the lowest funded at some $200 million dollars in 2015 (but propped up to over $11 billion dollars from US financing). Minus the two largest spenders, the Islamic world spent $107.5 billion dollars in 2015, having doubled since 1988 which was at $43 billion dollars. Overall, including the two big spenders, the total budget quadrupled from $56.4 billion dollars from 1988 to $212 billion dollars in 2016 (similar to 1989 USSR).[n. 1] The USA's budget has stayed at a constant $590 billion dollars per year for the same timeline (with some minor and major fluctuations over time). However saying this, Pakistan, Indonesia and Egypt are particular under-performers, which ideally should be as high as the UK's ($55.4 billion dollars in 2015), Frances' ($50.9 billion dollars) and Germany's ($39.4 billion dollars). A particular focus on industrialisation is lacking; most of these countries are not information economies, thereby limiting funds. Israel's budget is $16.1 billion dollars in 2015, and is largely funded by the US with it having leeched $140 billion dollars since it's creation, along with an additional $38 billion dollars signed from 2016 up to 2026.[1]

Military Spending Budget (2010—2015)

The key is as follows; blue is larger than $20 billion dollars, yellow is larger than $15 billion dollars, green is larger than $10 billion dollars, peach is larger than $5 billion dollars, and grey is less than $5 billion dollars. This colour coding is used for any country that surpasses the threshold at any time between 2010 and 2016.

Big Spenders/Big Populations

Country Military Reserve Navy Airforce Tanks Nukes Budget Demographic Stronger Than (2016)[3]
Saudi Arabia[4] 233,500 25,000 55 675 1,210 0 $87.2 billion dollars (2015)[5] 28,160,273 (2016)[6] South Africa, Denmark
United Arab Emirates[7] 65,000 0 75 515 545 0 $23.5 billion dollars (2016)[8] 5,927,482 (2016)[9] Singapore, Belgium
Turkey[10] 410,500 185,630 115 1,020 3,778 Nuclear Sharer[11] $22.6 billion dollars (2016)[12] 80,274,604 (2016)[13] Germany, Italy
Iran[14] 545,000 1,800,000 397 471 1,658 0 $19.0 billion dollars (2016)[15] 82,801,633 (2016)[16] Spain, Australia
Iraq[17] 272,000 528,500 60 260 297 0 $13.1 billion dollars (2015)[2] 38,146,025 (2016)[18] Bulgaria, Croatia
Algeria[19] 512,000 400,000 60 448 975 0 $9.93 billion dollars (2016)[n. 2] 40,263,711 (2016)[20] Netherlands, Mexico
Oman[21] 72,000 20,000 16 109 191 0 $9.09 billion dollars (2016)[22][n. 3] 3,355,262 (2016)[23] Serbia, Georgia
Indonesia[24] 476,000 400,000 171 405 468 0 $8.28 billion dollars (2016)[25] 258,316,051 (2016)[26] Vietnam, Israel
Pakistan[27] 617,000 515,000 74 914 2,924 110 —130 (2015)[28] $8.22 billion dollars (2016)[29][30] 201,995,540 (2016)[31] Brazil, Israel
Egypt[32] 468,500 800,000 1,107 245 4,624 0 $5.48 billion dollars (2015)[2] 94,666,993 (2016)[33] Israel, Poland
Malaysia[34] 110,000 296,500 61 217 74 0 $3.60 billion dollars (2016)[35] 30,949,962 (2016)[36] Argentina, Norway
Bangladesh[37] 400,000 2,280,000 100 138 680 0 $2.80 billion dollars (2016)[38] 156,186,882 (2016)[39] Austria, Portugal
TOTAL 4,181,500 7,250,630 2,291 5,417 17,424 110 —130 $212.8 billion dollars (2016) 1,021,044,418 (2016)

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Footnotes

  1. ^ The combined total military budget of Europe is $328 billion dollars as comparison (based on 2014 dollars) for 2015. However it should be noted that this includes Russia, and the Muslim countries of Albania and Bosnia. Without these countries, the budget falls to $261 billion dollars.
    1. >SIPRI Military Expenditure Database (Data for all countries from 1988–2015 (excel spreadsheet). Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Retrieved November 7th, 2016.
  2. ^ According to IHS Jane, the military budget of Algeria is set at 5.9% of GDP. According to the Nigerian Guardian, the total GDP of Algeria for 2016 was $168.32 billion dollars; 5.9% of this is $9.93 billion dollars.
    1. Amanda Russo (August 22, 2016). Middle East and North Africa Defence Budgets to Grow Despite Low Oil Price, IHS Markit Says. Business Wire. Retrieved November 3rd, 2016.
    2. Nan (19 October 2016). Nigeria overtakes South Africa as Africa’s biggest economy: IMF. The Guardian (Nigeria). Retrieved November 3rd, 2016.
  3. ^ According to AHK, the budget in 2016 was 3.5 billion Omani Rials. In USD this is about $9.09 billion dollars.
    1. Cathleen Niklaus (02/04/2016). Oman’s 2016 budget and 9th Five Year Plan announced. AHK worldwide. Retrieved November 7th, 2016.
    2. Convert 3.5 billion Omani Rial to USD. Wolfram Alpha. Retrieved November 7th, 2016.

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  33. ^ AFRICA :: EGYPT. CIA World Factbook. Retrieved November 3rd, 2016.
  34. ^ Malaysia. Global Fire Power. Retrieved November 7th, 2016.
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