World overall increased defense spending by 2.6% and Ukraine by 11% in 2020 -- SIPRI

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Ukraine spent 2.4 per cent of GDP on defense in 2020
Ukraine spent 2.4 per cent of GDP on defense in 2020

Russia’s actual military spending in 2020 was 6.6 per cent lower than its initial military budget. Nevertheless, the aggressor country has retained among the world’s five largest military spenders

Total global military expenditure rose to $1981 billion last year, an increase of 2.6 per cent in real terms from 2019, according to new data published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Following military campaigns in Libya and Nagorny Karabakh, militaries across the globe began investing more effort and money in bolstering their respective unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) capabilities

The five biggest spenders in 2020, which together accounted for 62 per cent of global military expenditure, were:

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  • the United States with USD 778 billion;
  • China ( USD 252 billion);
  • India (72.9 billion);
  • the United Kingdom(69.2 billion); and
  • Russia (USD 61.7 billion).

The study found that Russia’s actual military spending in 2020 was 6.6 per cent lower than its initial military budget.

Russia doesn't just spend its defense budget on military campaigns in Syria and Eastern Ukraine, and support for its deployed forces in its occupied areas, but obviously hopeless projects like overhaul and refurbishment of the nuclear-powered cruiser Admiral Lazarev, which has not sailed for 22 years now

Also on the Top Ten list of the world’s largest defense spenders are:

  • Saudi Arabia with $ 57.5 billion;
  • Germany - $ 52.8 billion;
  • France - $ 52.7 billion;
  • Japan - $ 49.1 billion; and
  • South Korea - $ 45.7 billion.
  • Germany’s $50B defense budget cannot absorb the cost of all of the country’s defense needs; Berlin was forced to scrap the purchase of F-35 fighter jets and instead extend the lives of its Tornado fighter planes

The world’s ten largest defense spenders in 2020 together accounted for 75 per cent of the global military expenditure.

Ukraine spent $ 5.9 billion on defense in 2020, up 11 per cent a year earlier, amounting to 4.1 per cent of GDP, which ranked it #34 on the list of 40 countries with the highest military expenditure in 2020. Ukraine’s yearly defense spending has grown 198 per cent from 2011.

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