Six NATO Allies have announced their readiness to co- develop and field follow-on solutions for their existing maritime anti-submarine and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.
At a ceremony in Brussels on 29 June, Defence Ministers from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey signed a Letter of Intent on “Cooperation on Multinational Maritime Multi Mission Aircraft Capabilities”. This cooperation could lead to the joint acquisition or development of new aircraft, NATO press release states.
“The decision to work together demonstrates both foresight and the willingness to invest in the critical capabilities that the Alliance needs” said NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller, in the margins of a meeting of NATO’s 29 Defence Ministers.
The initiative reflects the readiness of Allies to reinforce European capabilities, contributing to fairer burden-sharing across the Alliance. This cooperation will also ensure better value for money for taxpayers. Other Allies are expected to join the initiative.