Oman, a country with long-standing ties to Britain that straddles the Strait of Hormuz, has maintained a quietist foreign policy throughout its history. The government faced a rebellion in the 1960s and 1970s, and was forced to adopt a number of reforms as well as to fight a protracted counterinsurgency. Internally, it has seen some protests during the “Arab Spring;” however, not to the scale seen other Middle Eastern countries. The government has sought to alleviate public concern by announcing plans for economic and political reforms. Oman has embarked on a sharply increased round of military expenditures over the last decade that has put it among the top five countries in the world in terms of military expenditures as a share of national income.

  • Population
  • Fit for Service
  • GDP
    $76.46 Billion
  • Military EXHD
    10.3% of GDP

Oshkosh Defense Awarded $17 Million to Provide Heavy Equipment Trailers to Jordan, Iraq, and Oman

Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $17,080,930 firm-fixed-price, multi-year foreign military sales contract (Oman, Jordan, Iraq) for 54 635NL trailers, spare parts, and manuals.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2018.  Fiscal 2010 and 2011 […]


Oman Receives Second HSSV as Austal Targets UAE

The Royal Navy of Oman has received the second High Speed Support Vessel (HSSV) from Australian shipbuilder Austal. The RNOV Al Naasir was handed over at the company’s facility in Perth on 8 September, four months after the first vessel – RNOV Al Mubshir – was delivered. According to the company, RNOV Al Mubshir is […]


Raytheon/Lockheed Javelin JV Awarded $48 Million to Provide Javelin Missile Support to Jordan, Oman, Others

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $48,259,165 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract (Australia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Iceland, Indonesia, Jordan, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Taiwan, and United Arab Emirates), for life cycle support repair and support the Javelin hardware.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will […]


Sea Box Awarded $32 Million to Provide Expeditionary Hygiene Systems to Oman, UAE, South Korea, and Qatar

Sea Box, Inc., East Riverton, New Jersey, has been awarded a $32,035,000 Firm-Fixed Price contract for Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources (BEAR) Expandable Bicon Shelter Hygiene Systems. Contractor will provide 86 commercial BEAR Hygiene systems. Work will be performed at East Riverton, New Jersey and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2018. This contract […]


Raytheon Awarded $7 Million to Provide AIM-9X Repairs to Oman, Turkey, Others

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded $7,183,247 for modification P00012 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-15-D-0028) to procure additional AIM-9X Sidewinder repairs for the Air Force, and Navy, and the governments of South Korea, Singapore, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Poland, Oman, Netherlands, Australia, Kuwait, Morocco, Belgium, and Turkey under the Foreign Military […]


Middle East States Almost Double Small-Arms Imports

Middle East countries have nearly doubled their imports of guns and ammunition within a year, figures on the small-arms trade show, raising questions over how many of the weapons are fuelling conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Libya. The latest bulletin of the Small Arms Survey, sponsored by western governments and published on Monday, shows that […]


State Department Approves $260 Million in F-16 Logistics Support to Oman

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Oman for continuation of logistics support services and equipment. The estimated cost is $260 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2016. The Government of Oman requests follow-on support […]


The Saudi-led Coalition Is Not Ready to Fight the Islamic State

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Saudi Arabia last week hoping to reassure nervous Gulf allies that American security commitments remain in force in the wake of last year’s Iran nuclear deal. In exchange, the White House was hoping to encourage the Gulf states to play a more active role in the […]

Category Name

Active Armaments
On Order
Air Defense Systems 151 (36)

Aircraft 175 (38)

Artillery 135 (0)

Ground Vehicles 623 (0)

Guided Munitions 1,545* (827*)

Personnel 42,600 (0)

Ships 66 (0)