|18 Sep. 2019 ||
Why is it important to safeguard free access to the seas? Discover the role of a NATO maritime expert
Paul Beckley grew up in Long Island in south-eastern New York State. When he was a young boy, he liked watching the fishing boats entering the marina. “I loved the smell of the salt air,” says Paul. “Few years after, I joined the US Naval Academy. I was 18 years old.”
|17 Sep. 2019 ||
Portugal hosts maritime exercise in support of NATO’s Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative
Dozens of unmanned underwater, surface and air vehicles from NATO countries are gathering in Portugal from 11 to 27 September 2019 to test new technological advances in unmanned maritime systems networks. The exercise is being held in the Sesimbra and Troia Peninsula area in the south of Lisbon.
|12 Apr. 2019 ||
NATO air forces wrap up exercise Frisian Flag
Exercise “Frisian Flag” – one of Europe’s largest annual air force training exercises – ended on Friday (12 April 2019). Over the course of the past two weeks, air forces from across the alliance trained for a variety of combat missions, including simulated air strikes and aerial refuelling. The aim of the exercise was to provide pilots and ground crews a chance to learn from each other and ensure they are ready to conduct a broad range of missions. Fifty aircraft from Germany, France, the Netherlands, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as Switzerland were involved in the event.
|04 Oct. 2018 ||
Four Allies sign agreement to create a Multinational Special Aviation Program with a training facility in Zadar, Croatia
On Thursday (4 October 2018), Defence Ministers from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a Multinational Special Aviation Program.
|03 Oct. 2018 ||
Thirteen Allies to cooperate on the introduction of Maritime Unmanned Systems
At our Summit in Brussels in July, NATO leaders endorsed the implementation of NATO’s reinforced maritime posture. In support of this, on Wednesday (3 October 2018), Defence Ministers from thirteen NATO Allies signed a declaration of intent to cooperate on the introduction of Maritime Unmanned Systems.
|22 Aug. 2018 ||
Allies to receive first shipment of Precision Guided Munitions acquired through NATO
Today (22 August 2018), the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) received the first lot of Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs), acquired through a NATO project involving 11 Allies and one NATO partner. The PGMs, produced in the United States, will be delivered to their final recipients, Belgium and Denmark, in the coming weeks. The value of this initial acquisition is around 20 million US dollars.
|12 Jul. 2018 ||
16 NATO Allies and 3 partners agree to acquire land munitions together
Under the leadership of Belgium, the Defence Ministers of 16 Allies¹ and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia² signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Multinational Cooperation for the Provision of Land Battle Decisive Munitions (LBDM) in Brussels during the NATO Summit (11 and 12 July 2018). The Defence Ministers of Austria and Finland will also sign the MOU immediately following the NATO Summit.
|11 Jul. 2018 ||
7 Allies plan to acquire maritime munitions together
Seven NATO Allies are signing a Letter of Intent on Multinational Cooperation for the Provision of Maritime Battle Decisive Munitions (MBDM) in Brussels during the NATO Summit (11 and 12 July 2018). Under this agreement, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Spain plan to combine munitions purchases in order to achieve economies of scale – and thus lower prices. The potential establishment of common warehousing solutions could lower costs even further. The plan covers a broad range of munition types, including surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, and gun shells.
|20 Apr. 2018 ||
Developing NATO’s cutting-edge capabilities
Top national defence officials discussed opportunities to procure and develop together the capabilities the Alliance needs to face today’s security challenges at the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) held in Luxembourg on 19 April 2018.
|15 Feb. 2018 ||
Canada and Poland join six NATO Allies in developing next-generation maritime multi mission aircraft
On Thursday (15 February 2018), Canada and Poland joined a multinational effort for developing follow-on solutions for aging maritime anti-submarine and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. At a signing ceremony at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Defence Ministers from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey welcomed Canada and Poland to the multinational effort on “Cooperation on Multinational Maritime Multi Mission Aircraft Capabilities.”