NATO Strategic Airlift brings relief to Typhoon ravaged Philippines/SALIS Program airlifts humanitarian supplies to Philippines

19 November 2013

NATO’s  SALIS team responded in a timely fashion to a request from Sweden to support a humanitarian aid mission to the Philippines with one of its IL-76 aircraft.

Under the partnership agreement to provide Strategic Airlift, a SALIS IL‑76 took off on Monday 11 November from Billund, Denmark carrying humanitarian relief supplies bound for Tacloban City (PHL).  The equipment included generators, tents, water purifier, food, office equipment and computers.

The IL-76 aircraft are available under the SALIS – or Strategic Airlift Interim Solution program – whereby NATO member countries and partners have pooled their resources to charter special aircraft that give the Alliance the capability to transport heavy equipment across the globe by air. The consortium includes 12 NATO nations (Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the United Kingdom) and two partner nations (Finland and Sweden).