Airbus has received a firm order for an Airbus
A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport) from OCCAR, Europe’s organisation for the management of cooperative armament programmes.
The order, which OCCAR has placed on behalf of
NATO’s Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA), follows the decision
from Luxembourg to maximize its participation into the
Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF) programme with a significant
increase from 200 to 1,200 the number of flight hours contracted.
The aircraft is part of the three additional options originally
included in the contract and will increase the MMF fleet to nine
This new order comes after the successful
delivery of the first two aircraft, with training and operational
activities already in place.
The MMF programme is funded by the Netherlands,
Luxembourg, Norway, Germany, Belgium and Czech Republic who have
the exclusive right to operate the NATO–owned aircraft in a
The aircraft will be configured
for in-flight refuelling, the transport of passengers and cargo,
and medical evacuation operations.
Defence Agency (EDA) initiated the MMF programme in 2012. OCCAR
manages the MMF acquisition phase as Contract Executing Agent on
behalf of NSPA. Following the acquisition phase, NSPA will be
responsible for the complete life-cycle management of the fleet.