NSPA contributes to NATO’s enhanced air defence capabilities with contract for Stinger missiles

Source: NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) continues to play a central role in supporting NATO’s deterrence and defence capabilities.

 

On the margins of this year’s NATO Summit in Washington D.C. and further to the approval from the U.S. Department of State of a Foreign Military Sale (FMS), NSPA signed a contract for Stinger missiles awarded on behalf of Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, through the US Government, to RTX. Through this contract, NSPA contributes to enhanced air defence capabilities of NATO Allies in support to NATO’s deterrence and defence posture.

“As NATO’s lead organisation for acquisition, support and sustainment, NSPA provides Allies and Partner Nations with effective multinational solutions through proven legal frameworks. The consolidation of requirements results in economies of scale, significantly reducing costs and logistics footprint, and offers additional operational benefits, such as commonality beyond interoperability,” says Stacy A. Cummings, NSPA General Manager.

The announcement took place during an official contract signature ceremony presided by NATO Deputy Secretary, Mr Mircea Geoană, in the presence of the Secretary of Defense Representative in Europe (SECDEFREPEUR) and Defense Advisor (DEFAD) for the U.S. Mission to NATO, Ms Rachel Ellehuus; NSPA General Manager, Ms Stacy A. Cummings; and RTX’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Christopher T. Calio.
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NSPA, acting as the Lead Nation on behalf of Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands, requested to buy nine hundred forty (940) FIM-92K Stinger Block I Missiles. The Agency awarded the contract through the STINGER Support Partnership framework, established in 1990 and serving eight Allies and one Associate State.

The contract includes Battery Coolant Units (BCU), metal containers, U.S. Government and contractor production, technical, and engineering assistance as well as other related elements of logistics and programme support.

This multi-national, multi-year contract will enable the three nations to achieve substantial savings compared to individual procurements at the national level and supports NATO’s Defence Production Action Plan (DPAP), which sets out a number of specific actions and projects to enable the Alliance to bolster engagement with the defence industry. At the heart of this plan, NSPA plays a pivotal role in consolidating national requirements into multi-year, multi-national procurement frameworks.

 

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