Five Nations Join Forces to Develop the Next Generation of Medium Multi Role Helicopters
(Source: NATO; issued Nov. 19, 2020)
Defense ministers of the five countries (clockwise from top left: France, Germany, Greece, Italy and UK, with NATO deputy secretary general Mircea Geoana) signed a Letter of Intent launching the Next-Generation Rotorcraft project on Oct. 23. (NATO image)
BRUSSELS --- France, Germany, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom announced the launch of a multinational project on Next Generation Rotorcraft Capabilities on 19 November 2020.

The project is dedicated to the modernization of existing rotorcraft fleets and is one of NATO’s High Visibility Projects (HVP).

A significant number of medium multi role helicopter capabilities currently operated by Allies will reach the end of their life cycle in the 2035 – 2040 period and beyond, with the subsequent need for replacements.

NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană at the virtual signing of Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC), 23 October 2020. (NATO video)

The Next Generation Rotorcraft project aims to develop a solution for these upcoming requirements, leveraging a broad range of recent advances in technology, production methods, as well as operational concepts.

Over the coming years, experts from all four nations will cover an exhaustive program of work, starting with defining a robust Statement of Requirements and a multi-phase cooperation plan.

The Defence Ministers of the five Allies signed a Letter of Intent to develop an entirely new helicopter capability. The signature was added virtually from the capitals of participating nations.

“By investing our resources and channeling our development initiatives through a multinational framework, we are making sure Allies are equipped with the best available capabilities, which helps to maintain NATO’s technological edge”, stressed NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană.

The project highlights NATO Allies’ commitment to maintain a technological edge and to pursue multinational cooperation whenever possible.

Click here for the related Fact Sheet (2 PDF pages), on the NATO website.


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