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First two MMF tanker aircraft set to arrive in June, says NATO

19th May 2020 - 10:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The first two Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft to be purchased by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) will arrive in the Netherlands in June, NATO announced on 15 May.

Under the European Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) programme, six NATO countries will jointly own and operate eight A330s, sharing flying hours and costs.

‘The new multinational tanker fleet will substantially enhance European air-to-air refuelling capabilities, but also support tasks such as medical evacuation and the transport of people and cargo,’ according to NATO.

MMF members include Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Norway. Under a fleet support partnership between NATO and the NSPA, the six countries will jointly acquire, sustain and maintain the fleet.

All eight aircraft will be considered NATO property and will be stationed at Eindhoven Air Base in the Netherlands. 

Non-European operators of the A330 MRTT include Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

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