NATO Allies strengthen cooperation in the munitions sector

  • 29 Jun. 2017 -
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  • Last updated: 03 Jul. 2017 10:06

NATO Allies are increasingly working to share the burden of acquiring expensive defence equipment. Today (29 June 2017), a new cooperation framework has been launched, promising more favourable terms for acquiring critical land based munitions.

(left to right) Steven Vandeput (Minister of Defence of Belgium), Claus Hjort Frederiksen (Minister of Defence of Denmark), Jussi Niinisto (Minister of Defence of Finland), Florence Parly (Minister of the Armed Forces of France), Panos Kammenos (Minister of Defence of Greece), Raimonds Bergmanis (Minister of Defence of Latvia), NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller, Raimundas Karoblis (Minister of Defence of Lithuania), Tomasz Szatkowski (Undersecretary of State of Defence of Poland), Peter Gajdos (Minister of Defence of the Slovak Republic), Andreja Katic (Minister of Defence of Slovenia), Maria Dolores de Cospedal Garcia (Minister of Defence of Spain), Fikri Isik (Minister of Defence of Turkey) and Peter Dohmen (General Manager, NATO Support and Procurement Agency)

Defence Ministers from Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, and NATO partner Finland launched the project with the signature of a Letter of Intent. By working together more closely, the participating nations expect to acquire munitions at lower cost, harmonise inventories, and potentially implement common warehousing solutions in the long term.

The new cooperation framework will therefore contribute to more flexible and resilient European munitions stockpiles. NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller welcomed the initiative, saying that it will “increase our ability to share and interchange these munitions, and therefore operate together more smoothly and effectively.”