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The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has ordered the tenth A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) from Airbus Defense and Space for the multinational MRTT fleet (MMF) for delivery in late 2026.

During the First Operational Capability (IOC) celebrations of the Multinational MRTT Fleet (ESuTreported) the MoU was signed by the six nations involved to procure the tenth A300 MRTT. Belgium had previously announced its additional requirement of 1,100 flight hours per year. Based on the MoU, the NSPA concluded the procurement contract with Airbus on March 28. The NSPA assumed overall responsibility for the MMF's aircraft at the end of 2022, including procurement previously carried out by OCCAR.

Three more aircraft are still on the options list. The prerequisite for procurement is an increase in the number of hours either by one of the participating nations or by other nations joining the MMF.

“Since the delivery of the first aircraft in 2020, and especially since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the MMF has been protecting European sovereignty and demonstrating its capabilities as a multi-role tanker aircraft,” said Jean Brice Dumont, Head of Military Air Systems Division Airbus Defense and Space.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg described the MMU as an excellent example of NATO and the EU working together to provide important capabilities for our members.

Editors / gwh