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Germany and France agree on details of joint C-130J squadron

20 October 2017

The deputy chiefs of defence staff of France and Germany signed an agreement on 18 October setting the foundations for co-operation in air transport, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 19 October. The agreement was signed by French Admiral Philippe Coindreau and German Vice Admiral Joachim Rühle during a regular meeting of the Franco-German working group on military co-operation between the two countries.

Under this co-operation, Germany and France are setting up a joint air transport squadron consisting of four French and six German C-130Js based at the French airbase in Évreux, Normandy. The initial operational capability is planned for 2021 and the full operational capability in 2024.

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