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Latest update: January 2019
Abbr.: Order and inventory status information: Abbr.: Order and inventory status information:
Order. No. of aircraft ordered. WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.
Opt. No. of aircraft options. Sold No. of aircraft sold to another country.
Opp. No. of possible aircraft sales. Oth. D. No. of aircraft bought from another country.
Canc. No. of aircraft ordered cancelled. LS↓ No. of aircraft leased from another country.
Del. No. of aircraft delivered. LS ↑ No. of aircraft leased to another country.
On Or. No. of aircraft to be delivered. Act. No. of aircraft operational.
W/O No. of aircraft Written Off (crashed).    
Lease: When the no. of aircraft LS↓ and LS ↑ are equal the leased aircraft have been returned to the owner.
Order and production overview - aircraft totals
Aircraft Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
A330MRTT 8 3       8             0
B-707 1       1 0   5   4     0
C-17 3       3 0             3
E-3 18       18 0 1 3         14
Total 30 3     22 8 1 8   4     17
Order and production overview - aircraft detailed
Aircraft Aircraft type Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
A330MRTT KC-30 8 3       8             0
B-707 B-707.307C           0   2   2     0
  B-707TCA 1       1 0   3   2     0
C-17 C-17A 3       3 0             3
E-3 E-3A 18       18 0 1 3         14
Total   30 3     22 8 1 8   4     17

As NATO is an organization the aircraft it manages are registrered in member nations:

Country Aircraft Unit
Hungary C-17A HAW
Luxembourg B-707 NAEW&CF
Luxembourg E-3 NAEW&CF
The Netherlands KC-30 To be allocated

The KC-30s will be assigned to a new unit which has to be formed. OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement / Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) is responsible for the acquisition phase and the first two years of operations. After these two years the NSPA (NATO Support & Procurement Agency) will be responsible for the life-cycle management of the weapon system.

More information can be found at the NATO MFF programme.

The C-17s were pruchased and are sustained by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) on behalf of the Strategic Airlift Capability member countries. In 2008 the SAC Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by ten NATO countries (Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and the United States) and two Partnership for Peace nations (Finland and Sweden). Missions are executed by the Heavy Airlift Wing based at Papa air base in Hungary.

De Northern Group is een samenwerkingsverband van Denemarken, Duitsland, Estland, Finland, IJsland, Letland, Litouwen, Nederland, Noorwegen, Polen, het Verenigd Koninkrijk en Zweden. Alleen de minister van IJsland was afwezig. Nederland is de 1e helft van 2018 voorzitter.
Squadron / Wing overview
Squadron Wing Aircraft Tailcode AFB State / Country Comment
NAEW&CF   E-3A   Geilenkirchen Germany Main Operating Base.
  HAW C-17A   Papa Hungary  
    KC-30   Eindhoven Netherlands Main Operating Base.
    KC-30   Cologne Netherlands Forward Operating Base.

The NAEW&CF uses Forward Operating Bases in Northern, Eastern and Southern Europe when required.
Photo gallery
B-707 used as trainer for the E-3As.

E-3A on approach to Kecskemet AB, Hungary to participate at the open house in 2013. One of the three HAW C-17s on approach to Gilze-Rijen (Sept. 2016).