BRUSSELS, Belgium (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization announced on 31st January 2019 that one of its Projects is already being implemented and Allies have been provided with new land munitions, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The multinational NATO project, under which Denmark, France and the Netherlands have already received the first shipment of anti-tank weapons, is named Land Battle Decisive Munition (LBDM). The munitions were delivered through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), which manages the Project on behalf of the Allies.
This first shipment follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by Defence Ministers at the NATO Summit in Brussels in July last year when the NATO Deputy Secretary, General Rose Gottemoeller, commented that the project “will increase our ability to share our munitions and work more smoothly and effectively in the field. Over time, this initiative will help our troops to increase their interoperability and effectiveness where it is needed most,” and added that this will also “help to reduce costs, enabling our rising defence budgets to go even further.”
The Project was actually launched by 11 Allies and Finland by the signing of a Letter of Intent at a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers in June 2017.
The LBDM NATO project covers sixteen Allies (Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain) and three NATO partners (Austria, Finland, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia /Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name/). The goal of the project is strengthening of the collective defence of the North Atlantic Alliance.
Under the LBDM project Allies can acquire land munitions in a more cost-effective and flexible way. Artillery shells, mortars, rockets, and missiles are among the munitions that can be acquired.
Other Allies and partner nations have also showed an interest in joining the initiative.
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