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Germany and Norway formally join NATO tanker fleet

29 June 2017
Seen here in Australian service, the Airbus DS A330 MRTT will form the basis of the new European MMF pooled tanker fleet. Source: US Air Force

Germany and Norway have formally joined the European Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) of pooled Airbus Defense and Space (DS) A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, the company announced on 29 June.

The two nations signed a Memorandum of Understanding at NATO HQ in Brussels on the same day as the announcement, declaring their intentions to join Luxembourg and the Netherlands in the MMF programme that was initiated by the European Defence Agency (EDA) in 2012.

All four nations will fund the MMF programme, with the A330 MRTT aircraft being configured for aerial refuelling and passenger/cargo transportation (including medical evacuation). Two aircraft have so far been ordered to be delivered in 2020, with a contract for five more set to follow shortly. On top of these seven, there is an option for a further four aircraft.

The Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR) is managing the acquisition phase of MMF on behalf of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), which will then be responsible for the complete life-cycle management of the fleet.

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