Military expenditures as a share of government expenditure reached 15.8 % in 2017 in Iran, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 3.72 % more than in the previous year.
Historically, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Iran reached an all time high of 35.7 % in 1976 and an all time low of 5.14 % in 1993. When compared to Iran's main peers, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Iraq amounted to 9.40 % and 16.7 % in Pakistan in 2017.
Iran has been ranked 10th within the group of 145 countries we follow in terms of military expenditures as a share of government expenditure, 4 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.