Today, Poland officially joined Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and Spain as the ninth participant in the Smart Defence project on the multinational provision of air-to-ground precision-guided munitions.
During a signing ceremony at NATO Headquarters, Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz and his Danish counterpart – representing the lead nation of this effort – signed an amended Memorandum of Understanding to mark Poland’s accession.
The original memorandum was signed by the eight existing participants in February 2016. It created a cooperation framework, which enables the participating Allies to continuously address all aspects of their air-to-ground precision-guided munitions requirements on more favorable terms by leveraging economies of scale and improved stockpile management.
The initial multinational order under this cooperation framework is already being processed with a subsequent round being targeted for 2017.
By merging their individual demands the participants will directly respond to one of NATO’s capability priorities through multinational cooperation.