NATO boosts aerial refueling capability

NATO has reported it is preparing to boost its ability to refuel aircraft in mid-air, with an agreement between the Netherlands and Luxembourg to acquire two Airbus A330 multi role tanker transport (A330 MRTT) aircraft, the company said.

The organization said new tankers will be acquired on behalf of the participating nations and NATO. They can support NATO and European Union operations, as well as multinational and national ones. Air-to-air refueling tankers are critical to long-distance deployments in support of other aircraft.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty, which was signed in 1949. The organization constitutes a system of collective defense whereby its member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party.