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NATO Airlift Management Programme
The NATO Airlift Management Programme (NAMP) Office, located in Pápa (Hungary) is an integral part of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). It manages the full life cycle management of the three Globemaster C-17 aircraft stationed at Pápa Airbase, including acquisition and sustainment on behalf of the member Nations of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC). Mission execution is the sole responsibility of the operational arm of the SAC, the multinational military unit, the Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW).
NAMP is split into two divisions:
- The Weapon Systems Management division, responsible for the life-cycle management of the C-17 weapon system and other aeronautical products.
- The Wing Support Management division, responsible for provision of Direct Support to the HAW and life-cycle management of SAC infrastructure.
The C-17 Virtual Fleet
NAMP is a member of the C-17 Virtual Fleet. The C-17 Virtual Fleet, or "C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP)", is a partnership that ensures mission readiness by providing all C-17 customers access to an extensive support network for worldwide parts availability and economies of scale.
The NAM Programme Office sources the majority of the technical, logistics, and training support to the SAC C-17 fleet from the United States Government through its Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programs. Maintenance responsibilities are contracted through the GISP to Boeing.
The Virtual Fleet is based on intensive cooperation between members (including The United States, Australia, Britain, Canada, Kuwait, India, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, among others) and provides an efficient, low risk solution that enables the NAM Programme to sustain more than 90% aircraft availability to the HAW. One common technical configuration of the aircraft allows parts and personnel to be exchanged between aircraft of individual countries and of NAM Programme, which creates one worldwide operating fleet of C-17s.
The NAM Programme Office is also responsible for the SAC Infrastructure Development Project, which includes the management of the largest purpose-built C-17 maintenance hangar of the continent at Pápa Air Base, maintenance facilities and office buildings.