Military expenditure as a share of GDP reached 3.10 % in 2017 in Iran, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 11.2 % more than in the previous year.
Historically, military expenditure as a share of GDP in Iran reached an all time high of 12.1 % in 1975 and an all time low of 1.20 % in 2002. When compared to Iran's main peers, military expenditure as a share of GDP in Iraq amounted to 3.86 % and 3.50 % in Pakistan in 2017.
Iran has been ranked 23rd within the group of 146 countries we follow in terms of military expenditure as a share of GDP, 6 places above the position seen 10 years ago.
Military expenditure is derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditure on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces, defence ministries and other government agencies engaged in defence projects, paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations, and military space activities.