Network-Based Training Center for ten NATO Countries

Network-Based Training Center for ten NATO Countries
Network-Based Training Center for ten NATO Countries

Defence Ministers agreed to create a network of European training centres for a fighter jet, helicopter and drone pilots. The project reduces training costs & improves burden-sharing.


Defence Ministers from ten NATO countries on Wednesday (9 June 2021) agreed to bolster the training of their nation’s military pilots, taking advantage of new technologies such as virtual reality.

As part of NATO’s Flight Training Europe programme – or NTFE – Ministers agreed to create a network of European training centres for a fighter jet, helicopter and drone pilots. This NATO High Visibility Project will reduce training costs and increase interoperability among participating air forces.

This first-of-its-kind initiative will involve the gradual build-up of a network of European training campuses covering different aspects and types of aircrew training. They will provide Allies with access to a wider range of training opportunities beyond what most Allies could sustain independently and at a fraction of the cost. NFTE campuses will provide aircrews with cutting-edge training, including the use of virtual reality technology and simulation.

Belgium, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Spain, and Turkey are participating in the programme.