The NATO multinational Air-to-Ground PGM involves thirteen Allies (Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and the United Kingdom) and one NATO partner. Launched in 2014 at the Wales Summit, this multinational project offers participants a framework to acquire air-to-ground PGMs in a cost-effective and flexible way. Working through this initiative, the participants have already succeeded in lowering their acquisition costs by 15-20%. Another added benefit is that participants are able to draw upon each other's PGM stocks much more easily, for instance during air operations or in a possible crisis. This flexibility means that processing times can be reduced from months to weeks or days.
Recognising these benefits, the participants have increased their orders through the NATO project. The number of different munitions and components procured through the project has also expanded – from four to 15. In 2021, the project is expected to offer further benefits by opening the doors of a first multinational munition warehouse facility to participants and other Allies and partner nations in the future.
NATO has other similar projects for the acquisition of land and maritime munitions offering comparable benefits. This is part of NATO's work to increase joint investments in critical capabilities required by the Alliance. As NATO's primary enabler, NSPA's mission is to provide effective and efficient multinational solutions to the Alliance, its 30 Nations and Partners. Essential for its success is the capability to consolidate customer requirements and create economies of scale for more cost-effective solutions.