OmanJune 25, 2018
As a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Oman is working in coordination with Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE to discuss creating a regional ballistic missile defense shield.
Oman’s geographic position offers opportunities for future developments. It’s position on the Gulf of Aden would make it ideal for tracking missiles from certain launch points if radars were deployed there. It has also invested in the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System to provide air defense capability.
Oman’s Air Defense Capabilities
|NASAMS||Medium-Range Air Defense||Unknown||Truck-Mounted; Road-Mobile|
|VL Mica||Short-Range Air Defense||Unknown||Truck-Mounted; Road-Mobile|
|Oerlikon Skyguard||Short-Range Air Defense||10 Systems||Ground-Based; Road-Mobile|
|Rapier FSC||Short-Range Air Defense||Unknown||Ground-Based; Road-Mobile|
|Crotale||Short-Range Air Defense||Unknown||Ground-Based; Road-Mobile|
|Blowpipe||Short-Range Air Defense||Unknown||Man-Portable|
|Mistral Missile System||Short-Range Air Defense||Unknown||Man-Portable|
Oman only has Lower tier Missile defense capabilities. They have an unknown number of The Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) and an unknown number of Vertical Launch Mica systems.