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The first Airbus MRTT of the joint NATO fleet, which will be stationed in Germany, was delivered by

From the Getafe (Madrid) plant of Airbus Defense & Space, the third of the nine A330MRTTs that the joint NATO fleet will have, and the first one configured to carry out operations, went to Eindhoven on the night of November 19 (Netherlands). of sanitary evacuation. It will be stationed at the Cologne Air Force Base.

This is a new step with the agreement with the multinational MRTT fleet (Multi-Role Tanker Transportation), the MMF fleet (Multinational MRTT Fleet), which currently consists of six European NATO countries (Germany, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Norway and the Republic) exists Czech) for common use. Although the headquarters of the money market fund is located at the aforementioned base in Eindhoven, four of the aircraft will be stationed at the FOB (Forward Operating Base) at Cologne-Bonn Airport (Germany), from where the transport fleet has been operating for decades. Long-distance service of the German Air Force, which begins renovation with the arrival of this first MRTT.

Although this third device operates out of Germany, it retains the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s trademarks and military registration T-056 during the test and acceptance flights of the Spanish MRTT70. The Dutch crew of the aircraft that transported him to Eindhoven arrived in Getafe around 12 o’clock in the morning on board a small VIP transport aircraft, Gulfstream IV of the Dutch Air Force.

The procurement process, the last delivery of which ends in 2024/25, is managed by the NATO Organization for Support and Procurement (NATO Organization for Support and Procurement) which also takes care of maintenance / servicing throughout the cycle. of life.

The creation of the money market fund, which commissioned nine MRTTs, is one of the most important joint programs in the European defense pool regime, alongside in-flight refueling, which is increasingly in demand in military air operations. (Julio Maz Sanz).

Photo: 1 – The third money market fund Airbus DS A330 MRTT arriving in Eindhoven by night. (MMF photo)

The RNALF Gulfstream IV that transported the crew to Getafe, on the right you can see the tower of the cathedral of this city of Madrid. (Photo Julio Maiz / )

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