Military spending in Asia-Pacific region growing, as demand increases for drones, tanks, and missiles

This region accounts for more than a fifth of the global defense budget and is expected to increase beyond its 52-percent growth in the last decade.

Jun 10th, 2019
Asia Military Spending 10 June 2019
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden – The Asia-Pacific region is one of the fastest-growing markets for arms dealers. The Los Angeles Times reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

10 June 2019 -- Economic growth, territorial disputes, and long-sought military modernizations there propelled a 52 percent increase in military spending over the last decade to $392 billion in 2018, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

The region accounts for more than a fifth of the global defense budget and is expected to grow. That was underscored this week by news of Taiwan’s bid to strike a $2-billion deal to purchase U.S. tanks and missiles.

The biggest driver in arms purchases, however, is China — responsible for 64 percent of military spending in the region. With a defense budget that is second only to the U.S., China is amassing a navy that can circle the globe and developing state-of-the-art autonomous drones. The buildup is motivating surrounding countries to bolster their armed forces too — good news for purveyors of submarines, unmanned vehicles and warplanes.

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John Keller, chief editor
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