Netherlands and Luxembourg buy tanker aircraft together
28 Jul 2016
The Netherlands is ready to purchase 2 Airbus A330 multi-role tanker/transport (MRTT) aircraft with Luxembourg. The aircraft will be NATO property and will be stationed at Eindhoven Air Base for pooling and sharing. Belgium, Germany, Norway and Poland intend to join the agreement at a later date.
The Netherlands and Luxembourg recorded the agreement in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The contract with Airbus was signed today. If more countries decide to take part in the agreement, both the MoU and the quotation given by Airbus allow for expansion. The number of A330 MRTT aircraft to be purchased could eventually rise to 8
The 2 aircraft will be delivered from 2020. In the same year, the Royal Netherlands Air Force will start to gradually decommission its 2 KDC-10 tanker aircraft.