More countries sign for NATO MRTT programme
Three more countries have joined NATO's multinational tanker-transport programme, with Belgium, Germany and Norway signing a Declaration of Intent to join the initiative.
The programme was launched in 2016 by the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and a first order was placed for two Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft. These aircraft, which are due to be delivered in 2020, will be used for aerial refuelling by the countries signed up to the programme.
The new agreement allows other allies to join the programme with a provision to enlarge the fleet to up to eight aircraft.
NATO deputy secretary General Rose Gottemoeller, said: 'This multinational cooperation through NATO is a clear way for countries to significantly improve their armed forces while ensuring the greatest value for money for their taxpayers.'
Air-to-air tankers are vital in supporting NATO operations when other aircraft are on long-range missions. NATO's air campaigns in Kosovo and Libya highlighted the need to increase European capabilities for in-flight refuelling.
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