September 25, 2017 / 2:24 PM / a year ago

Airbus cites order for five MRTT tanker funded by Germany, Norway

BERLIN (Reuters) - Europe’s Airbus on Monday said it had received a firm order for five MRTT tankers that will be funded by Germany and Norway and operated as part of a NATO fleet, adding to two aircraft already ordered by Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

The order came from Europe’s organization for the management of cooperative armament programs (OCCAR) and finalizes a move first announced on June 29 by NATO about the two countries joining the Netherlands and Luxembourg in operating the fleet.

The contract signed Monday includes options for four more aircraft, which would enable other countries to join the group, as well as two years of initial support, Airbus said.

Airbus gave no financial details, but the German parliament in June passed a budget that said Germany would contribute 1.4 billion euros to the program.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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