2. February 2018
BELGIUM BECOMES THE FIFTH NATION TO JOIN THE MULTINATIONAL MRTT FLEET (MMF)
Belgium has now joined the multinational effort to acquire a European fleet of Multi-Role Tanker-Transport (MRTT) Aircraft, thus becoming the fifth nation to participate in this initiative, joining The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and Norway.
OCCAR-EA, as Contract Executive Agent, signed Contract Amendment No. 5 with Airbus Defence & Space in order to accommodate the additional flying hours for the newest member of the MMF.
The number of contracted aircraft has now been increased to eight, with commonality in the configuration. The full fleet will be DIRCM equipped and will be able to perform all different roles of air-to-air refueling, medical evacuation, together with passenger and cargo transport. The first aircraft deliveries are scheduled for 2020, whilst the eighth MMF aircraft will be delivered in 2024.
From left to right: Mr. Didier Plantecoste, Head of Tanker Programmes & Derivatives; Mr. Bernhard Brenner, Executive V.P. Marketing & Sales; and Mr. Arturo Alfonso Meiriño, OCCAR-EA Director
Eindhoven is hosting the Main Operating Base, together with Cologne as the Forward Operating Base for the fleet. The initial In-Service Support will cover the first two years, starting from the delivery of the first MMF aircraft.
OCCAR-EA and NSPA are cooperating for the successful management of the MMF Programme, in which additional participating nations are welcomed and additional aircraft options are already foreseen in the current contract with Airbus Defence & Space.
OCCAR-EA Director, MMF PD and Industry Representatives