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Second aircraft in NATO’s future multi-role tanker transport fleet arrives in the Netherlands
10 Aug. 2020

Second aircraft in NATO’s future multi-role tanker transport fleet arrives in the Netherlands

The second aircraft in NATO’s future fleet of multi-role aircraft arrived in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, on Monday (10 August 2020). The milestone follows the arrival of the first aircraft from the production facility in Getafe, Spain on 30 June. By the end of 2024, the full fleet will consist of eight Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, with an option to extend the contract up to eleven aircraft in the future.

NATO Review

    • An independent and sovereign Ukraine is key to Euro-Atlantic security 08 Jul. 2020 Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine have seriously undermined Euro-Atlantic security. Ukraine has engaged constructively towards a settlement. But the key for the normalisation of relations between NATO, Russia and Ukraine remains Russia’s recognition of Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. Sanctions relief in the absence of significant moves would undermine the West’s credibility and risk further destabilisation.
    • Book review – “Future NATO: Adapting to New Realities” 30 Jun. 2020 Adaptation, the ability to adjust to new political and military challenges, is what defines NATO. It is the overarching theme of a timely publication from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), edited by John Andreas Olsen, Norway’s Defence Attaché in the United Kingdom. Fifteen authors – diplomats, military officers and think tankers – look at NATO’s agenda from various angles. In ten chapters that range from threats to NATO’s East and South, the maritime dimension, technological challenges and NATO’s partnership approach, they examine current policies and offer a glimpse into the future.
    • Exercise Defender-Europe 20: enablement and resilience in action 16 Jun. 2020 Intro: This US-led multinational exercise is the biggest test of NATO Allies’ ability to support large-scale movement of forces across the Atlantic and mainland Europe in recent years. Diverse civilian and military actors have worked closely together to enable the unimpeded deployment of forces by air, sea, road and rail. Lessons learned will further strengthen Allied readiness and resilience in a challenging security environment.
    • Nuclear deterrence today 08 Jun. 2020 Why should NATO Allies still care about nuclear deterrence? In the age of increasingly capable conventional munitions, cyber warfare and autonomous robots, are nuclear weapons not just a relic of the Cold War that have now ceased to be relevant? Why are these weapons still deployed on the territory of a peaceful Europe?
    • Coronavirus, invisible threats and preparing for resilience 05 May. 2020 The corona virus pandemic is the security scenario we were least prepared for. While nation states are responsible for security, they depend highly upon civilian resources and resilient populations. This is a test for civil-military cooperation and requires a comprehensive approach.
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    • European security without the INF Treaty 30 Sep. 2019 Jacek Durkalec of the Center for Global Security Research assesses the implications for European security of the demise of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
    • Strengthening EU-NATO relations 16 Jul. 2019 Alex Papaioannou of NATO’s International Staff gives his perspective on the evolution of EU-NATO relations and emphasises that, since 2014, there has been a radical shift in how the institutions work together.
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