NATO Tanker Pool to Receive First Two Airbus A-330 MRTT in June
NATO Tanker Pool to Receive First Two Airbus A-330 MRTT in June

NATO Tanker Pool to Receive First Two Airbus A-330 MRTT in June

The current global crisis has emphasised the need for multinational cooperation and the ability of Allied armed forces to respond to a broad range of missions in different operating environments. In this context, the newest NSPA multinational programme, the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet (MMF), stands out as a unique example of successful cooperation among NATO and EU Agencies and nations, enabling participating nations to be flexible and to rapidly respond to emergencies in multiple capability domains.

NATO Tanker Pool to Receive First Two Airbus A-330 MRTT in June
NATO Tanker Pool to Receive First Two Airbus A-330 MRTT in June

The MMF, managed by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) with strong support of the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), under the ownership of NATO and operated by an international unit, will provide its six participating nations (Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and the Netherlands) with strategic tanker and transport capabilities. Based on a pooling and sharing concept, the nations will soon have access to a total of eight Airbus A-330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, which can provide strategic transport (pax and cargo), air-to-air refuelling and medical evacuation capabilities.

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NATO Tanker Pool to Receive First Two Airbus A-330 MRTT in June
NATO Tanker Pool to Receive First Two Airbus A-330 MRTT in June

The MMF, managed by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) with strong support of the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), under the ownership of NATO and operated by an international unit, will provide its six participating nations (Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and the Netherlands) with strategic tanker and transport capabilities. Based on a pooling and sharing concept, the nations will soon have access to a total of eight Airbus A-330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, which can provide strategic transport (pax and cargo), air-to-air refuelling and medical evacuation capabilities.

NATO Tanker Pool to Receive First Two Airbus A-330 MRTT in June
NATO Tanker Pool to Receive First Two Airbus A-330 MRTT in June

Based on the participating nations requirements, eight Airbus A330 MRTT aircraft were procured by OCCAR, on behalf of NSPA. These state of the art aircraft are configured for a variety of missions, from air-to-air refuelling, to troop transport, VIP transport, cargo/freight transport and can also be re-configured for aeromedical evacuation. The 111 tonnes basic fuel capacity enables the aircraft to excel in air-to-air refuelling missions without the need for any additional fuel tanks. Moreover it can provide, a maximum fuel flow rate of approximately 2,200 litres a minute, using a boom and a hose and drogue mechanism, can quickly fuel all of the aircraft in inventory with the MMF nations.

NATO Tanker Pool to Receive First Two Airbus A-330 MRTT in June
NATO Tanker Pool to Receive First Two Airbus A-330 MRTT in June

The MMF programme is based on a pooling and sharing concept, laid down in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), in which the participating nations pool the aircraft and share costs, benefits and risks. The MMF developed a transparent and fair cost share arrangement by calculating a cost through a flying hour share set in the MoU. Germany is the largest contributor with a share of 5,500 hours a year. The Netherlands will take up 2,000 hours a year. Belgium will take 1,000 hours, Luxembourg 200 hours and Norway and Czech Republic will take 100 hours a year each. As the projected utilisation will be 1100 flying hours per aircraft per year, the fleet of of 8 aircraft is fully committed.

NATO Tanker Pool to Receive First Two Airbus A-330 MRTT in June
NATO Tanker Pool to Receive First Two Airbus A-330 MRTT in June
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