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A debt paid is a friend kept - Strategic airlift shortfall and the need for coordination
As the EATC also manages a lot of different assets and the comparison of the different capabilities of these assets is quite difficult, the question of the right repartition of efforts was rapidly raised.
The exchange of services is based on the EFH (Equivalent Flying Hour) of the nationally owned reference asset. The reference is the cost price of 1 C130/160 flying hour (EFH=1). Other nationally owned aircrafts are counted against the C130/C160 reference. Important to the system is that it is not based on bilateral reciprocity but that a participating nation is supposed to deliver to the ATARES community as many EFH as it receives from that same community. So ATARES offers the possibility that the Belgian Airbus A330 flies for France and in return France offers one of their C160 to the Netherlands while the Dutch Gulfstream IV flies the Belgian king to his next meeting.
One of the objectives of the EATC is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the participants’ military air transport efforts. ATARES is a good means for effective and efficient selection of the best available and most suitable asset (done in the operational division of the EATC). This leads to less outsourcing, less empty space and additional training opportunities.
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