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At the initiative of Luxembourg and the Netherlands a memorandum of understanding for a European multinational fleet of Airbus tanker-transport aircrafts was signed in July 2016, ordering two Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircrafts, which should be delivered in 2020.
On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Germany and Norway join the initiative, and at the same time the fleet goes from two to seven ordered aircrafts.
The units will be delivered from 2020 onwards. Four will be stationed at Eindhoven airbase (the Netherlands), the other three will be stationed in Germany. The purchase of these aircraft aims to reduce the future shortage of EU and NATO tanker-transport aircrafts.
Francine Closener, Secretary of State for Defense, signed today the documents amending the original Memorandum and welcomed the expansion of this agreement.
Belgium has indicated that it plans to join this alliance in early 2018.
Luxembourg is also participating in the purchase of an A400M with other NATO allies and plans to purchase drones and helicopters.
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