NATO Allies strengthen cooperation in the munitions sector

02-07-2017, 14:02 | Comments: 0
NATO Allies strengthen cooperation in the munitions sectorNATO Allies are increasingly working to share the burden of acquiring expensive defence equipment. 29 June 2017, a new cooperation framework has been launched, promising more favourable terms for acquiring critical land based munitions.

(left to right) Raimonds Bergmanis (Minister of Defence of Latvia), 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), Jussi Niinisto (Minister of Defence of Finland - standing), Andreja Katic (Minister of Defence of Slovenia) and Maria Dolores de Cospedal Garcia (Minister of Defence of Spain)
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.”

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