The SOAF, SAF and SON were tightly integrated, mutually supportive and totally reliant on each other in the pursuance of the war against the insurgents. The mobilty and supply afforded to SAF was second to none whilst the rapid delivery of rockets, bombs and bullets were very often decisive in support of the troops on the ground. SOAF operated both in Oman and on occasion against targets across the border in PDRY.
It was not all one sided and heavy machine guns and SAMs took a significant toll on aircraft and pilots.
‘Nobby’ Grey describes two particular incidents involving the Strikemasters
A direct consequence of the attack on Habrut was the Sultanate attack on the town of Hauf just across the border in the PDRY