The NATO Procurement Organisation (NPO)

  • Last updated: 04 Sep. 2014 15:32

A NATO Procurement Organisation (NPO) was established on 6 July 2012. This was the first step in the creation of a framework for the execution of multinational armament procurement programmes within the Alliance.

In 2014, the North Atlantic Council decided to merge the Procurement and Support Agencies (NPO and NATO Support Agency (NSPA)), while postponing the activation of the procurement entity within the NSPA to the time when programmes are actually assigned. For the time being, NATO’s major acquisition programmes (such as the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA), NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA), NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency (NAGSMA), NATO Medium Extended Air Defence System Management Agency (NAMEADSMA), and NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Programme Management Agency (NAPMA)) will most likely continue to exist until the NSPA‘s mission is fulfilled or participating nations decide to integrate into the new NPO.