NATO’s NSPA Acquires Patriot Missiles for Four Countries
NATO’s lead organisation for multinational acquisition, support and sustainment in all domains, NSPA, announced on social media that It would make a contract for a combined quantity of up to 1,000 Patriot™ Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) if all options are exercised.
The Agency awarded a production and delivery contract to COMLOG, a joint venture between Raytheon, an RTX subsidiary, and MBDA. COMLOG will increase GEM-T missile production capacity in Europe to support production and delivery.
In November 2022, MBDA Deutschland and the American group Raytheon announced that they had just signed a “road map” to locate in Schrobenhausen [Bavaria] the production of GEM-T [guidance enhanced missile] interceptor missiles intended for the European market. And this, by relying on COMLOG, their joint venture which, since 1987, has ensured the maintenance in operational condition [MCO] of the Patriot air defence systems used by the Bundeswehr. This order is part of the European Sky Shield Initiative [ESSI – European anti-aircraft shield], a project launched in 2022 by Germany. According to the NSPA, it will notably “increase production” of GEM-T missiles in Europe.
COMLOG GmbH, created in 1987, is a 50/50 joint company between MBDA Germany and Raytheon. COMLOG’s primary mission is to provide logistical support for Patriot PAC-2 missiles to keep them operational. Since its inception, COMLOG has maintained over 5,000 PAC-2 missiles at the Patriot Missile Facility 3 (PMF-3) in Schrobenhausen, Germany; the NSPA, which works on behalf of the European Patriot user countries and the US Army, is the company’s primary customer.