UK arms sales to Oman

FCO 8/2236 1974 Jan 01 - 1974 Dec 31

This file relates to the wish of Sultan Qaboos Bin Saeed Al Said to purchase sophisticated military equipment. It contains correspondence, memoranda, and British newspaper cuttings concerning:

  • Oman's request for the Rapier air defence system, and HMG's concern that meeting this request will divert resources from British forces and require the provision of loan personnel; and financing issues
  • The sale of Jaguar aircraft
  • Interest in GEC Marconi Electronics Limited radar systems
  • An enquiry regarding the sale by British Aircraft Corporation Limited (BAC) of BAC 1-11 aircraft to Egypt
  • The Sultan's Armed Forces' (SAF) requirement for anti-tank weapons
  • The significance of the new military airfield at Shinas near Sohar
  • The Sultan's optimism about the military situation in Dhofar
  • Memoranda of understanding between HMG and the government of Oman on the security safeguards necessary to protect classified information about the Rapier weapon system, the Jaguar aircraft, and associated systems
  • A visit to Farnborough International Airshow by Oman's Deputy Defence Minister Sayyed Fahar Bin Taimur Al Said
  • A parliamentary question by John Biggs-Davison regarding which African and Asian countries have provided assurances to make base facilities and overflying rights available to the UK's allies in warlike emergency
  • A request for ammunition by the Crown Agents on behalf of the Oman Research Department
  • The concern of the SAF Commander that BAC is ousting Airwork Services Limited, and that this might prompt Airwork to reduce its efforts on remaining work and therefore jeopardise the capabilities of the Sultan of Oman's Air Force