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NATO orders Precision Guided Munitions on behalf of eight Allied countries

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World Defense & Security News - NATO
 
 
NATO orders Precision Guided Munitions on behalf of eight Allied countries
 
On December 15, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency signed an agreement with the United States to acquire Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs) on behalf of a multinational cooperation framework that brings together eight NATO Allies - Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and Spain.
     
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Under the agreement, the participating Allies will obtain an initial batch of PGMs intended for delivery between 2017 and 2019.

The project was originally launched by Denmark in the margins of the NATO Wales Summit through the signature of a Letter of Intent (LOI) by defence ministers from six NATO member countries (Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Norway, Portugal and Spain). Membership expanded last year with Belgium and the Netherlands joining the LOI. With the MOU signing Allies have now institutionalized their cooperation framework.

This will enable the participating Allies to address all aspects of their air-to-ground precision-guided munitions (PGM) requirements through multinational cooperation. This will include the procurement and management of munitions inventories

A subsequent round of acquisition is anticipated to be launched in 2017. It will also incorporate Poland, which became the ninth member of this framework in October 2016.