NSPA highlighted the existing cooperative frameworks within Agency that can be used to further improve cooperation in this area. NATO and partner nations briefed on their plans and current investments in GBAD, the majority of which have already started investing in closing this capability gap, but expressed interest in how they can do so more efficiently through multinational cooperation initiatives. Multinational cooperation initiatives allow NATO nations to help meet their target of allocating two percent of their GDP spending towards defence initiatives in a way that is financially sound and contributes to the collective defence of the Alliance, its member and partner nations.
NSPA is currently supporting GBAD in NATO and partner nations, based on cooperative arrangements. The area of supported systems include long-range systems with theatre ballistic missile defence capabilities (PATRIOT), medium- and short-range systems (HAWK and NASAMS), very short-range capabilities (MISTRAL, STINGER, Anti-Aircraft Artillery) and counter-battery radars (COBRA, ARTHUR, TPQ-36 & 37). Support is provided to participating nations throughout the entire life cycle of the systems, from the acquisition concept phase, development and production, through fielding and in-service support as well as the systems retirement. "These types of multinational cooperation and consolidation to the benefit of all NATO member, partner and with that nearly all European nations clearly demonstrate NSPA's added value in providing a 'cradle-to-grave' life cycle management capability to our customers, making us NATO's premier life cycle management and services provider," said Rudolf Maus, Director of Life Cycle Management for the Agency.
From a clearly identified strategic need, NSPA has been able to serve effectively its customers in offering practical, cost-effective and multinational solutions to acquire and modernise systems such as GBAD to contribute to Alliance collective defence.