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

Gulf Cooperation Council Defense Budgets Steadily Rising

Defense spending by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations is steadily rising, despite the decline in the West. Defense spending in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) is estimated to have grown about 20 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to budget figures compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, […]

Official: Internal GCC Partnerships Key to Pentagon Gulf Strategy

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department views increased partnerships between Arabian Gulf state allies as key to expanding security in the region, according to the Pentagon’s top international security adviser. The Pentagon’s top priority is ensuring that “all have the capabilities that we agree they need to defend themselves,” Derek Chollet, the assistant secretary of defense for […]

Fighters, Missiles and Transport: GCC Spending Priorities Take Shape

WASHINGTON — Despite the pinch on Western defense spending, Middle Eastern nations are continuing to invest in new weapons and capabilities, particularly combat and transport aircraft, missile defenses and cyber warfare technology. And US defense companies see the diverse fleets operated by Middle Eastern air forces as a way to keep production lines open, particularly after […]

GCC Chiefs-of-Staff Conclude 2-Day Meeting in Bahrain

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Chiefs-of-staff converged to Bahrain to attend the 11th Supreme Military Committee two-day meeting, which took place in Manama on 10-11 November 2013. Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Chief-of-Staff Major General Sheikh Daij bin Salman Al-Khalifa received them on their arrival at the Isa Airbase on Sunday. GCC Assistant-Secretary General for Military […]

Morocco, Oman and Saudi Arabia to Receive P5Combat Training System Hardware

Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a 24,999,949 firm-fixed-price contract for foreign military sales P5Combat Training System (P5CTS), combined hardware buy. Contractor will provide (P5CTS) hardware to provide an instrumented training capability that increases, maintains, and assesses combat proficiency in the following mission areas: counter air, close air support, strategic attack, […]

Oman Airman Dies In Second Training Accident In Weeks

An Omani airman has been killed in the second training accident to befall the sultanate’s air force in less than a fortnight, the defense ministry announced Monday. “Pilot Officer Abdelmalek Ben Yacoub al-Afifi was killed when the fighter he was flying crashed on Sunday evening,” the ministry said, without giving further details. The accident came […]

Oman Requests $1.3 Billion Sale of Avenger and SL-AMRAAM Air Defense Systems

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Oct. 18 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Oman for AVENGER Fire Units, STINGER Missiles and Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missiles, as well associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.248 billion. The Government of the Oman […]

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 […]

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Active Armaments
On Order
Air Defense Systems 151 (36)

Aircraft 177* (38)

Artillery 135 (0)

Ground Vehicles 623 (0)

Guided Munitions 1,545* (827*)

Personnel 42,600 (0)

Ships 66 (0)