Luxembourg - On 30 June 2020, the first Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF) aircraft arrived at the Main Operating Base located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The ferry flight was successfully completed from Getafe (Madrid), marking a significant milestone for the programme.
The MMF is managed by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) with the support of the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), under the ownership of NATO and operated by an international unit. The fleet will soon enter into service to provide its six participating nations (Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and the Netherlands) with strategic tanker and transport capabilities.
The first aircraft recently completed its acceptance process, which lasted three weeks. On 29 June 2020, the aircraft titles were transferred from Airbus Defence and Space to OCCAR, who accepted the ownership of the system and all associated contractual deliverables on behalf of NSPA.
After the arrival of the first aircraft on 30 June 2020, NSPA handed over the aircraft to the Multinational MRTT Unit (MMU), who will operate the aircraft from the Main Operating Base in Eindhoven and the Forward Operating Base in Cologne-Wahn (Germany).