NATO Airlift Management Programme

SA SAC C-17 on the runway in Agadez, Niger

The NAM Programme Office is an integral part of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) and executes acquisition and sustainment on behalf of the member nations of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC). It manages the full life-cycle of the Boeing Globemaster III large transport aircraft. Mission execution is the sole responsibility of the operational arm of the SAC, the multinational military unit, the Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW).


The NAM Programme Office is led by the Programme Manager with three subordinate management pillars:

  • Weapon Systems Management, responsible for the life-cycle management of the C-17 weapon system and other aeronautical products.
  • Wing Support Management, responsible for provision of direct support to the HAW and life-cycle management of SAC infrastructure.
  • Programme Support Management, responsible for management controls and programmatic support to the NAM Programme.

The NAM Programme receives functional support in the areas of finance, procurement, IT, security, and HR from NSPA via collocated staff who work on the NAM team at Papa AB.

SAC Taxi

At the core of the NAM Programme’s ground breaking support to the C-17 weapon system is their membership in the C-17 ‘Virtual Fleet’. ‘Virtual Fleet’ refers to the Boeing Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP), a business model for C-17 spare parts and maintenance support. 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 GISP provides the SAC the leverage obtained from the larger United States Air Force organization and from cooperation with other partners. Members also include Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Kuwait, India, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and the USA. The Virtual Fleet is based on intensive cooperation between members and provides an ultra-efficient, low risk solution that enables the NAM Programme Office 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.

A main project managed by the NAM Programme Office is the SAC Infrastructure Development Project. The new infrastructure supports flight operations and consist of a C-17 size maintenance hangar, maintenance facilities and office buildings. The possibility to execute maintenance in a hangar at Pápa Air Base translates into reduced maintenance costs and more aircraft availability for the 12 SAC participating nations. Also a large number of IT-related projects are provided, like the Mission Monitoring and Scheduling System and the Electronic Document Management System.

The NAM Programme Office has achieved a world-class Mission Capable average rate of 92% whilst delivering superb capability in an effective and efficient manner—the premiere model of a multi-national effort achieving Smart Defence for its member Nations.

For a general view of the NATO Airlift Management Programme and the Strategic Airlift Capability, I invite you to explore our website. You are always welcome to contact us with requests for clarifications or with your suggestions

Mr. Gregory CLARK
Programme Manager
NATO Airlift Management Programme
Vaszari Ut 101, H-8500, Pápa, Hungary

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