Press visit to NAM Programme
21 January 2013
Journalists from various NATO member nations and NATO partner nations visited Pápa Air Base, location of the NAM Programme Office and home base of the NATO Airlift Management (NAM) Programme-owned C-17 Globemaster III aircraft on 18 January 2013.
The visit was organized by the US Mission to NATO. A full-day program was offered, including a windshield tour of the base and a look at one of the C-17s. The visit started with a briefing on the background and the structure of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) Programme, followed by a concise overview of the history of Pápa Air Base and the maintenance support provided by Boeing.
Later in the morning, the successes, challenges and potential of the SAC Programme were presented to the visitors in detail. The lack of strategic airlift/tanker capability could generate a number of new tasks in the future, ranging from providing necessary information for prospective participants to acquisition of more or different types of military aircraft.
The SAC Programme currently supports the participating nations’ individual airlift requirements (movement / deployment of forces and supplies). Examples of missions envisioned for execution by the HAW include, but are not limited to, national support to EU/NATO/UN operations, national military, peacekeeping and humanitarian relief operations.