NATO AN-124 transports medical supplies to Eastern Europe
A NATO-operated Antonov An-124 transport aircraft has transported 48t of medical supplies to Bratislava Airport from Tianjin, China.
The medical supplies are being sent to Romania to help the country tackle the coronavirus outbreak. An additional 45t of medical equipment is due to arrive in Bucharest from South Korea on 26 March.
The An-124 is part of the NATO Strategic Airlift International Solution (SALIS) programme.
The alliance has several shared An-124 aircraft which have previously been used to transport personnel and supplies to bases in Afghanistan and Kosovo, as well as for humanitarian missions in Haiti and Pakistan.
Alongside the AN-124, NATO allies jointly operate three Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIs as part of its Strategic Airlift Capability.
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