Russia the World's Third-largest Military Spender

Press Release
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Russia's defence expenditure topped only by United States, China, in 2011

Russia’s military expenditures in 2011 totaled $71.9 billion, which made the country the world’s third largest military spender, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) think tank said in a recent report.

Last year, Russia increased its military spending by 9.3 percent, according to figures released by the SIPRI.

“Further increases in military spending are planned, notably in equipment, research and development (R&D) and support for the arms and military services industry over the period 2011–20, with plans to replace the majority of Russia’s mostly Soviet-era military equipment with modern weaponry by 2020,” the report said.

Six of the world’s traditional top military spenders—Brazil, France, Germany, India, the United Kingdom and the United States—in 2011 made cuts in their military budgets, in most cases in a bid to reduce budget deficits.

Military expenditures by the United States, the world’s largest military spender, in 2011 fell by 1.2 percent in real terms (or $8.7 billion in 2010 prices) and reached $711 billion, second was China with $143 billion.

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