LUXEMBOURG - On 20 and 21 September 2021, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) held the first Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC) Industry Day.
The event brought together over 40 companies across the Air and Space sector, as well as national and NATO representatives, to discuss the project and support the preparation of the Concept Stage of this High Visibility Project.
A significant amount of the current helicopter fleets in service with Allies will reach the end of their life cycle in the 2035-40 period and beyond, with the subsequent need for replacements. The Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability offers a multinational framework under which its participants can combine efforts towards the design, the development and eventually the acquisition of the next generation of medium multi-role rotorcraft capabilities.
France, Germany, Greece and Italy, with the United Kingdom in the lead, are the participating nations. Spain, the Netherlands and the United States are observer nations. NSPA will act as the Executing Agent for the Concept Stage, as tasked by NGRC Participating Nations. The NGRC Concept Stage is planned to start mid to late 2022.
The Industry Day, held at NSPA in Capellen, Luxembourg, gathered over 100 attendees from industry, nations and NATO. Ms Stacy Cummings, NSPA General Manager, opened the event on the first day. "I am acutely aware of the importance of best practices and industry engagement as we develop and acquire capabilities for the Alliance's armed forces. Because of this, at NSPA we believe that early engagement with Industry is a critical success factor for this and similar large-scale acquisition projects", she said.