Czech Republic joins European MMF programme
The Czech Republic has opted to join the European Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) programme, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) announced on 25 October.
The Czech Republic joins the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Norway in a cooperative programme that will see the joint operation of a fleet of eight A330 MRTT aircraft. Under NATO and the NSPA’s Multinational MRTT Fleet Support Partnership the nations will jointly acquire, sustain and maintain the fleet.
The aircraft will be configured for inflight refuelling, the transport of passengers, including VIP and cargo, and medical evacuation flights.
The first three aircraft are currently in production at the Airbus Defence and Space’s tanker conversion line at Getafe near Madrid.
Five additional aircraft are on order. Options for additional aircraft are currently included in the contract and the fleet is expected to grow in the coming months with additional commitments from the MMF nations or by adding new members to the MMF initiative.
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