Precision-guided munitions added to NATO allies' toolkit
BRUSSELS. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) recently received the first lot of Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs), a group of weapons acquired through a NATO project involving 11 allies and one NATO partner at a cost of approximately $20 million.
This initial delivery is the first to emerge from a cooperation effort, launched in 2014 at the NATO Summit in Wales, offering NATO allies a framework to acquire air-to-ground PGMs in a cost-effective and flexible way that will also allow the allies to draw upon each other’s PGM stocks in case of need during air operations or in a possible crisis. NATO officials also say that the move will help NATO and its allied nations to reduce dependence on the U.S. for air missions.
The U.S.-produced PGMs will be delivered to their final recipients, Belgium and Denmark, during the fall of 2018.