Yemen Defence and Security Report 2016

Yemen Defence and Security Report 2016

BMI View: Yemen remains wholly reliant on defence imports to meet the requirements of its armed forces, as the country does not produce any military equipment domestically.

Moreover, Yemen depends on foreign aid to fund defence procurement amid deteriorating economic conditions.

Nevertheless, demand for military products remains strong in the country amid the ongoing conflict between pro-government forces and the Houthi-Saleh alliance, rising Islamist extremism and growing calls for southern independence.

We expect Yemen to procure counterinsurgency equipment in the land and air segments over the short-to-medium term; however, in the long term it may seek to develop maritime capabilities in order to strengthen protection of strategic sea lanes.

Demand for defence equipment in Yemen is set to remain strong in 2016 due to the ongoing conflict between pro-Hadi government forces and the Houthi-Saleh alliance.

Reflecting this is the high share of Yemen's budget allocated to defence spending, at a forecast 5.3% of GDP in 2016.

However, amid deteriorating economic conditions, the overall size of the military budget remains relatively small, at USD1.8bn.

This means that Yemen will need to rely on foreign aid to meet the requirement of its armed forces in the short-to-medium term.

BMI Industry View
Defence Industry
Industry Forecast
Defence Expenditure
Table: Defence Expenditure (Yemen 2012-2019)
Armed Forces
Table: Armed Forces Personnel (Yemen 2005-2011)
Table: Manpower Available For Military Service (Yemen 2012-2019)
Defence Trade
Table: Defence Imports (Yemen 2012-2019)
Table: Defence Exports (Yemen 2012-2019)
Industry Risk Reward Index
Defence Industry Risk Reward Index
Table: Middle East And Africa - Defence Industry Risk Reward Index
Market Overview
Defence Market Overview
Domestic Defence Sector
Domestic Defence Market
Security Overview
Domestic Threats
Regional Threats
International Threats
Weapons Of Mass Destruction
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
Table: Defence Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting of Defence Risk Reward Index

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