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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

European Tanker Program Close To Issuing RFP

The Netherlands, Norway and Poland will issue a request for proposals “in days” to Airbus Defense and Space, paving the way for a joint purchase of A330 multi-role tanker transport aircraft.

In a program facilitated by the European Defense Agency (EDA) and fronted by European armaments agency Occar and NATO’s Support and Procurement Agency, the three countries hope to reach an agreement and contract signing by the end of this year for up to four A330s to be operated as a single fleet, providing aerial refueling and strategic transport for all three countries toward the end of the decade.

“We expect a quick response from Airbus, so that negotiations can begin and so a contract can be signed by the end of year, or early in 2016,” said Peter Round, EDA capability director.

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