NATO’s A330 MRTT Fleet to Grow
Airbus Defence and Space transferred ownership of the aircraft to the Organization for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR), on behalf of NSPA, which manages the fleet for the MMF nations.
According to the NSPA, the latest shipment marks a major milestone under OCCAR's management, as the OCCAR-NSPA cooperation agreement is due to conclude on December 31 this year. The seventh MRTT was the last aircraft to be delivered under the first acquisition phase, while the first aircraft was delivered in June 2020.
Deliveries of the eighth and ninth MRTT aircraft are expected by the end of 2024.
Initiated by the European Defence Agency in 2012, the MMF unit consists of six allied countries Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Norway.
With a fleet of seven aircraft, MMF units will soon reach initial operational capability (IOC) and provide strategic transport, air-to-air refuelling, and aeromedical evacuation capabilities to the countries concerned.