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On 1st September 2010 a new chapter in the book of European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) was opened, as the EATC was inaugurated in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The establishment of this new multinational command represents a significant step on the way to pooling and sharing national military assets and truly marks an unprecedented level of European defence cooperation.



EATC member states



The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany have put major parts of their air transport- and air to air refuelling fleets under the operational control (OPCON) of the EATC. On 22 November 2012 Luxembourg officially joined the EATC, Spain followed on 03 July 2014, finally Italy on 04 December 2014.
Now the missions of almost 200 aircraft are planned, tasked and controlled out of Eindhoven. In addition to that the EATC runs a nationally defined level of responsibility for aircrew training, coordination of training and exercise objectives as well as the harmonization of appropriate air transport regulations of the participating nations. The overall objective is to manage the scarce resource air transport as effectively and efficiently as possible.




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News & Press updates

Second European Tanker Training on the scope

Initial planning conference set the framework for a unique training event

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German A400M arrived at ATW 62

Transall successor welcomed in Hannover-Wunstorf

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First German Airbus accepted

Airbus delivered first A400M for the German AIr Force

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EATC mission in support of operations Barkhane and Sangaris with French A400M

Successfully flying strategic missions all over the world

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EATC Study Conference at Eindhoven Air Base

Subject matter experts discussed progress on 27 studies

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Italy is member of the EATC

Assigned fleet's Transfer of Authority envisaged beginning 2016

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Commander EATC visits Airbus Defence and Space in Sevilla

A close look into EATC's management

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France ordered A330 MRTT fleet

Successor of French tanker Boeing C135 FR foreseen

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Further OUG meeting for A400M introduction in Wunstorf

First A400M landing at Eindhoven Air Base

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From Havana to Termez

EATC's most used troop transporter celebrates its 25th anniversary - flying originally for the former German Democratic Republic

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First German A400M airborne

Find YouTube video of maiden flight

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First mission to Africa for French fifth A400M under EATC OPCON

First EATC mission to Africa for MSN012 in the framework of Operation BARKHANE

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EATC involvement in Exercise MART 2014 in UK

EATC support to Multinational Aircraft Recovery Training in UK 8-12 Sept. 2014

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Engaged in a multinational air bridge

EATC assigned aircraft departed to Dakar

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Touraine is back

The only A400M running squadron again in EATC service

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