Which Country Imports the Most Military Equipment?

Arms Imports (Constant 1990 USD) (USD mil), 2014 or latest
Military & Defense | December 26, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 142 countries in 2014, India ranked the highest in arms imports at constant USD prices from 1990 with USD 4,243 mil followed by Saudi Arabia and Turkey. On the other end of the scale was Kosovo with USD 1.00 mil, Macedonia with USD 1.00 mil and Luxembourg with USD 1.00 mil.

Total arms imports at constant USD prices from 1990 reached USD 28,140 mil in 2014 in the World according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 0.945 % more than in the previous year and 23.8 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total arms imports at constant USD prices from 1990 reached an all time high of USD 41,521 mil in 1981 and an all time low of USD 14,867 mil in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 1.08 % since 1960.

The top ranked country, India, accounted for 15.1 % of arms imports at constant USD prices from 1990 in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 29.9 % share while the ten largest countries some 54.6 % in 2014.

Data for more countries are available at Arms Imports (Constant 1990 USD) indicator page.

Arms Imports (Constant 1990 USD) Unit 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Australia USD mil 445 775 1,507 1,583 879
Azerbaijan USD mil ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 29.0 142 146 557 333
China USD mil 1,906 1,407 937 1,020 1,651
India USD mil 1,867 1,986 2,955 3,682 4,591
Indonesia USD mil 238 437 225 263 221
Iraq USD mil ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 380 402 453 605 476
Kuwait USD mil ... 5.00 9.00 85.0 113 31.0
Morocco USD mil ... 46.0 39.0 306 1,399 819
Oman USD mil ... 75.0 93.0 30.0 21.0 120
Pakistan USD mil 1,055 1,227 2,226 1,069 973
Saudi Arabia USD mil 363 756 1,020 1,215 899
Singapore USD mil 1,174 1,522 1,020 936 828
Turkey USD mil 675 733 469 733 1,489
United Arab Emirates USD mil 751 560 605 1,210 1,088
Vietnam USD mil ... 172 61.0 152 1,023 733