European NATO allies have agreed to jointly show the US that they are serious about their own security.
On Thursday, European NATO allies agreed to jointly purchase submarines and planes, as well as to possibly open a new command headquarters for elite troops in order to show the US that they are serious about their own security, CNBC reported.
Reportedly, during signing ceremonies at NATO, the French and German Defense Ministers said that they will buy the Lockheed Martin C-130J transport planes, while Belgium, Germany and Norway will join a Netherlands-led fleet of the Airbus A330 tanker planes.
“This multinational cooperation through NATO is a clear way for countries to significantly improve their armed forces while ensuring the greatest value for money for their taxpayers,” NATO’s deputy secretary general Rose Gottemoeller said.
The allies also plan to establish a new command centre for the Danish, Dutch and Belgian Special Forces that could be used by other NATO members. According to NATO officials, the new headquarters’ location has not been decided.
In addition, France agreed to allow Dutch and Belgian jets to fly into its airspace in the case of a conflict with a foreign threat that means that from now, Belgian and Dutch fighter jets will no longer have to turn back at the French border if they are pursuing an enemy plane.
Other plans include a decision of Germany to join a European multinational fleet of Airbus tankers, buying of a new class of submarines, known as U212As, by Norway and Germany, as well as joint training and deployment of the German, Romanian and Czech land forces.
According to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, the allies faced a “more demanding and challenging security environment,” and the alliance must respond to this. “This is a way to make what we do more efficient, and increase output,” he said about the signed agreements.