The NATO Support Agency (NSPA) an NATO Support Organisation and the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) signed a joint agreement to launch the acquisition phase of the Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Fleet (MMF) under the lead of the Netherlands on November 21.
Participating in the signing ceremony was the NSPA General Manager Mike Lyden and Tim Rowntree, OCCAR Director, along with Rini Goos, Deputy Chief Executive, European Defence Agency (EDA).
The agreement marks a significant milestone in the European initiative to increase the air-to-air refueling capability for European Nations. This project after months in the planning is now beginning to take tangible form to realize an additional air-to-air-refueling capability for Europe,” said Lyden.
“The agreement between NATO and OCCAR exemplifies the collaborative spirit of our two organisations for the benefit of all,” he added.
The Cooperation Agreement, signed between the NATO Support Organisation (NSPO) and OCCAR covers the management of the Acquisition Phase of the MMF project and sets the framework and conditions under which OCCAR will manage the Acquisition Phase of the aircraft on behalf of NATO.
“Combining the capabilities of both OCCAR and NSPA in a single programme facilitated by the EDA demonstrates the power of partnerships in delivering key European Defence capability,” observed Rowntree.
The current participating nations, the Netherlands and Norway have established a Support Partnership within NSPO which will oversee the acquisition and operational sustainment of the MMF aircraft.
Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) will sell India an improved variant of the A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, the contract for which has been “fully negotiated and pre-signed”, an Airbus executive was quoted as saying by Janes Defence review. Named as the ‘The A330 MRTT Enhanced, the aircraft features improvements to the aerodynamics, structure, and mission computer
Airbus Defence and Space has won a contract from Qatar for two A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the Qatar Emiri Air Force. Qatar becomes the seventh nation to select the A330 MRTT following Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom which have ordered a total of 34 aircraft
Singapore has selected Airbus Defence and Space to supply six A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). Singapores choice of the A330 MRTT makes it the sixth nation to select the type following Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom which have ordered a total of 28 aircraft, and India which is in the final stages of contractual negotiations for six aircraft
Singapore today confirmed its decision to buy the Airbus's A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft as a replacement to its ageing Boeing KC-135R air refuelling tankers. Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen told parliament of the decision to acquire the MRTT but did not say how many the country will buy
Airbus Military has submitted its bid in response to India’s RFP for a fleet of mid-air refueling tanker aircraft worth an estimated $1 billion. Airbus has pitched its latest generation Airbus A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) while the Russian arms exporting company Rosoboronexport which has offered an improved version of the IL78MKI tanker
Indias US$ 1.4 billion (INR 9,000 crore) project to acquire six Airbus-330 mid-air refueling aircraft or tankers has been put on hold after the government referred the deal to the defense ministrys vigilance department for clearance
Europe has planned to launch a car-sized experimental wingless space plane on a 100-minute unmanned mission, AFP reported Feb 5 2014. The European Space Agency's two-tonne, 5m-long Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is scheduled to be blasted into space on a Vega rocket from a space pad
Israeli Defense Force Inducts Elbit XACT Weapon Sights
Australia Purchases MQ-9B SkyGuardian Drones
Project 20385 Lead Corvette Enters State Trials
Su-57 Performs 16 Flights with New, Powerful Engine
Germany To Finalise Order for 38 Eurofighter Jets, 110 E-Scan Radars
Turkish Navy to get First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier in 2020
Bechtel Bags US Navy's $1.4Bn Naval Nuclear Propulsion Components Contract
India’s HAL to Develop Prototype of Upgraded Su-30MKI Jet
Several joint production and direct procurement programs could be halted if the US and Europe carry through with their threat...
Sanctions-hit Iran has found ingenious ways to develop military hardware
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...