NATO Agency orders additional A-330 MRTT aircraft
Increasing the MMF fleet to 10 airplanes -DATA SHEET
The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has ordered an additional A-330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), increasing the Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF) to 10 aircraft.
This announcement follows Belgium’s decision to increase its number of hours in the programme with an additional 1,100 flight ones per year. The Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) provides strategic transport, air-to-air refuelling and medical evacuation capabilities to its six participating Nations (Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Norway). These States signed the Memorandum of Understanding (Mou) that enables them to share costs proportionally according to the national commitment of flight hours per year.
MMU already operates seven A-330 MRTTs and reached Initial Operational Capability ceremony last days. Full Operational Capability is expected in mid-2024.
Its success relies on the cooperation between NATO, the participating Countries and industry. The programme also stands as an example on how Nations can cooperate, pooling and sharing resources to get ongoing access to state of the art capabilities.
The unit has been deployed in NATO's Eastern Flank, as well as for the evacuation of Afghanistan civilians and refugees and for multinational exercises in the Indo-Pacific region with the German Air Force, among other missions.
Two of the tankers yet to be delivered are expected to enter service in 2024, while this new aircraft will arrive at the end of 2026. The MRTTs from MMF operate from MMU Main Operating Base (MOB) in Eindhoven (Netherlands) and the Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Cologne (Germany).
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