The armed forces total strength was 26,200 active personnel with reserves numbering 219,000. The army of 14,700 was equipped with 170 main battle tanks. The navy numbered 6,100 including 270 in the coast guard. The air force consisted of 5,000 personnel operating 79 combat aircraft. The navy mans six submarines, three frigates, and 15 coastal and patrol combatants. The air force flies F-16s and mans air defense guns and missiles.
Norway is the host nation for the NATO Allied Forces North headquarters and provides troops or observes for nine peacekeeping operations. The nation spent $3.1 billion on defense in 1998 or 2.2% of GDP.