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NATO bolsters allied airspace protection with new initiatives

2 key initiatives signed to boost capabilities of NATO allies in training aircraft crews and collaborating with civil aviation authorities on airspace usage

16:47 - 14/06/2024 Cuma
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In a significant move to enhance the protection of allied airspace, NATO has expanded participation in its flight training and cross-border airspace cooperation projects.

The announcements were made during the NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels.

Two key initiatives were signed to boost the capabilities of NATO allies in training aircraft crews and collaborating with civil aviation authorities on airspace usage.

With the recent inclusion of the Netherlands, the NATO Flight Training-Europe (NFTE) initiative now includes 13 participating nations. The NFTE aims to deliver state-of-the-art pilot training across Europe in a cost-effective and interoperable manner.

The countries involved are Türkiye, Belgium, Czechia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Spain, the UK, and Netherlands.

Simultaneously, Belgium and Spain have signed a letter of intent to join the cross-border airspace cooperation initiative.

A statement released on the matter emphasized the need for close coordination between civil and military authorities to safely and flexibly manage airspace solutions due to NATO's increased use of national airspace.

The cross-border airspace initiative is designed to foster collaboration between allied civil and military authorities on the use of airspace for NATO training, exercises, and other air activities across Europe.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana underscored the importance of these initiatives.

"NATO's ability to train together and conduct large-scale exercises is a crucial part of our deterrence and defense posture across all domains. Both projects signed today will make our skies safer and ensure our pilots maintain their superiority at all stages of training," Geoana stated.

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