Royal Oman Police Air Wing

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

The traditional law-enforcing agency in Oman was the Al Askar, which had been operating for centuries. After 1970 the country began to modernise rapidly and in September 1974 the first aircraft was received. Shortly afterwards, the organisation was renamed the Royal Oman Police.

Key Dates

4 November 1974    Service officially named the Royal Oman Police.
1975    Police aviation unit established.
1976    Police aviation unit becomes operational.

Current Status

The duties of the Royal Oman Police include disaster relief operations, EMS duties and coast guard support/SAR operations.

Future Plans

None known.


National Insignia

          Main markingFin Flash
The Royal Oman Police insignia is displayed on the fuselage sides of helicopters and on the fin of fixed-wing aircraft. A fin flash is carried by the helicopters. No service titles are displayed.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Royal Oman Police aircraft carry civil registrations. Prior to 1978, aircraft were registered in the series A40-AI to A40-AU, but from 1978 onwards all aircraft are registered in the A40-Cx series, with letters being re-used as old aircraft are retired.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Agusta A109E 2 2 0 Policing
AgustaWestland AW139 10 10 0 Policing
CASA CN.234M 2 2 0 Transport
Dornier Do 228-100 2 2 0 Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Agusta A109E 2 2005 current Italy
AgustaWestland AW139 10 2007 current Italy
Beech Queen Air 1 19?? 19?? USA
Bell 205A 3 1976 2007 USA
Bell 206B 3 1976 1988 USA
Bell 222 2 1980 1987 USA
Bell 214ST 6 1983 2005? USA
Boeing 727 1 1981 1993 USA
Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander 1 1989 2000 UK
CASA CN.235M 2 1993 current Spain
De Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo 3 1978 1998 Canada
Dornier Do 228-100 2 1984 current Germany
Gates Learjet 25 1 1975 1979 USA
Gates Learjet 35A 1 1978 1988 USA
Hughes 369D 1 1978 19?? USA
Pilatus PC-6B 2 1974 1984 Switzerland
Swearingen Metro 2 1976 1979 USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.


Main Headquarters


Organisational Structure

No information.

Current Order of Battle

No information.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

One ROPAW base is Seeb Airport – the other bases used are currently not known.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Not applicable.

More Information


To be added


None known.


Official Royal Oman Police webpage

Helicopter Life