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Belgium joins MMF programme

16th February 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Belgium has become the fifth country to join the European Defence Agency’s (EDA) Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) programme, the agency announced on 14 February.

Belgium joints the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and Norway on this multinational defence cooperation project.

The MMF project aims to fill the air-to-air refuelling capability gaps of participating European nations, who will have access to the tanker fleet under a pooling arrangement.

OCCAR is managing the MMF acquisition of A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft. The number of units on order will increase from seven to eight with Belgium joining the programme. Delivery of first aircraft is scheduled for 2020 and the NATO Support and Procurement Agency will be responsible for the complete life-cycle management of the  fleet.

The aircraft will be configured for inflight refuelling, the transport of passengers and cargo, and medical evacuation flights.

Jorge Domecq, chief executive, EDA, said: ‘We are delighted to see that the MMF, which is a good example of European defence cooperation kick-started by the EDA, is further expanding. It shows that once a capability shortfall has been jointly identified, European nations can pull together, work on a common project aimed at filling the gap, and eventually deliver. It’s pooling and sharing at its best.’

 

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