INTRODUCTION: With the fall of the Shah in Iran, the Sultan of Oman has set himself up as the protector of the Straits of Hormuz.
GV & SV Sultan Qaboos and military aides walking from jeep towards maps. (2 SHOTS)
CU Sultan and aides standing in a group.
GV Helicopters and planes performing military exercises. (2 SHOTS)
GV Bomb exploding in distance.
SV & GV Tank moving forward followed by soldiers. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: With the fall of the Shah in Iran, the Sultan of Oman has set himself up as the protector of the Straits of Hormuz. He is undaunted by the fact that the Oman Navy consists only of two small boats.
SYNOPSIS: The Sultan of Oman, an avid supporter of the West, is considering expanding his armed forces, not just the Navy but also the army.
He recently allowed the United States to set up a base in Oman, but stressed this should not be permanent. Oman's armed forces are well trained and efficient... but Sultan Qaboos wants more equipment, especially aircraft.
In return for permitting an American base, the Sultan hopes to be able to buy some American-made weapons, including ground-to-air missiles -- and possibly more M-60 tanks. The Sultan has to live with the uncomfortable fact that Oman's neighbouring countries having a greater military capability. The greatest military threat comes from South Yemen, which has Soviet, East German and Cuban advisers.