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News: More Allies join NATO’s multinational capability cooperation initiatives, 28-Apr.-2022

Defense Ministers from 18 NATO nations and the Director General of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) reaffirmed their commitment to work together to develop, acquire and stockpile capabilities in a less costly and improving access to advanced military technology. , and makes Allies more interoperable.

This was done on the sidelines of the Spring Meeting of National Armaments Directors at NATO Headquarters on 28 April 2022. There, Allies welcomed new participants to three high-visibility projects: the Modular Ground Based Air Defense” (Modular GBAD), the “Command and Control Capability for Surface Air and Missile Defense at Battalion and Brigade Level” (SBAMD C2 Layer) and the “Multinational ammunition storage” (MAWI).

France joined Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States in the GBAD project, which aims to develop a modular solution for very short range, short and medium range ground air defense. This capability will enhance Allies’ ability to protect NATO’s skies from a wide range of threats.

For the second project, six Allies – Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States – welcomed France and Hungary to the initiative. They will work together to achieve command and control capability for ground-based air and missile defense at the battalion and brigade level (SBAMD C2 Layer). Again, this will contribute to NATO air defenses, as well as the interoperability of Allied forces.

Finally, participants in the Multinational Ammunition Warehousing Initiative (Belgium, Estonia, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia and Spain) welcomed Slovenia and NSPA. The long-term ambition here is to change the way Allies and NATO partners store and distribute stockpiles of ammunition. This will free up resources for other defense goals. A first storage solution already opened in March 2022 in Estonia; it supports NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) and is open to all Allies participating in this mission.