NATO Support and Procurement Agency Orders 1000 Patriot GEM-T Missiles for $5.6 billion

This biggest ever contract for Patriot missiles will bring in MBDA to manufacture the GEM-T missiles for European customers
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NATO Support and Procurement Agency Orders 1000 Patriot GEM-T Missiles for $5.6 billion
Patriot GEM-T missile firing @Raytheon

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has awarded COMLOG, a joint venture between Raytheon, and MBDA, their first contract under the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI) worth up to $5.6 billion.

The new production capacity for Patriot GEM-T missiles in Europe (by MBDA) enhances security of supply and will contribute to the replenishment of Patriot air defense missile inventories. Finally, the initiative strengthens cooperation among NATO allies in alignment with the ESSI.

The NSPA contract supports a coalition of nations, including Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain, with a combined quantity of up to 1,000 Patriot GEM-T missiles, if all options are exercised.

To support delivery, COMLOG will expand the production capacity of GEM-T missiles in Europe. GEM-T, the Patriot Advanced Capability 2 (PAC-2) missile interceptor enhanced for defeating tactical ballistic missiles, is a primary effector for the Patriot air and missile defense system.

 The bundled procurement offers economies of scale and supports the expansion of production capacity for new Patriot GEM-T missiles to meet increasing demand.

NATO Support and Procurement Agency Orders 1000 Patriot GEM-T Missiles for $5.6 billion
Patriot missile system

Stacy A. Cummings, General Manager NSPA: "This contract demonstrates that NSPA, as a primary enabler of the Alliance, can successfully deliver effective and cost-efficient multinational solutions to nations, while reinforcing European industrial capacities.”

Thomas Gottschild, Managing Director MBDA Deutschland: "The contract strengthens industrial and military capabilities in Europe. The order volume will enable MBDA to set up a production facility for Patriot missiles in Germany, as well as major subcomponent production. The COMLOG facility is currently the only one of its kind for the Patriot missile outside the U.S. Overall, the contract supports European Patriot user states, creates workplaces in Germany, and strengthens the supply chain for ammunition."

Thomas Laliberty, President, Raytheon Land & Air Defense Systems: "Raytheon and MBDA have partnered with NSPA, the United States Army and a broad network of suppliers across the region to offer our European partners a GEM-T program which increases NATO's air defense missile inventory.”

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