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NATO adds Canada and Poland to multinational maritime multimission aircraft effort

14 February 2018

Canada and Poland have become the latest NATO members to sign up to the development of a future maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), the alliance announced on 15 February.

Eight NATO nations are now undertaking studies to begin replace their ageing fleets of maritime patrol and anti-surface aircraft, including this Canadian P-3 Orion, from about 2025 (IHS Markit / Patrick Allen)Eight NATO nations are now undertaking studies to begin replace their ageing fleets of maritime patrol and anti-surface aircraft, including this Canadian P-3 Orion, from about 2025 (IHS Markit / Patrick Allen)

The two nations join France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Turkey in the multinational effort to develop a replacement for many of the alliance’s ageing maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft that will be nearing the end of their service lives in the coming years.

Dubbed the Cooperation on Multinational Maritime Multi Mission Aircraft Capabilities programme, this MMA effort seeks to field a new family of MMAs between 2025 and 2035.

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