It has been 26 years since Operation Desert Storm saw an unprecedented gathering of air power in the Persian Gulf. Since then, the region’s air forces have strengthened and modernised to meet potential new threats, including a nuclear-capable Iran, along with the rise of Islamist terrorism. Alan Warnes charts their progress.
GCC AIR FORCES PART 1
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – which comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – has shown aspirations to run its military organisation in a manner similar to NATO. Efforts are made towards interoperability between the six nations, as well as with Western powers.