21 November 2019 | Content by NAPMA Staff | Pictures by Gerda Pfaff

NAPMA Signs Contract for FLEP Modernisation Programme

During a ceremony on 21 November 2019, Brig Gen Michael Gschossmann, NAPMA General Manager, and Mrs. Nancy R. Anderson, Vice President of Aircraft Modernization and Modification for the Boeing Company, unofficially signed a contract for the NATO E‑3A’s Final Lifetime Extension Programme (FLEP). This event marked a special day in the history of the NATO E‑3A fleet and reconfirmed the well-established relationship between NAPMA and Boeing.

BGen Michael Gschossmann, General Manager of NAPMA together with Mrs. Nancy R. Anderson, Vice President of Aircraft Modernization & Modification, the Boeing Company, signing the contract for the Final Lifetime Extension Programme (FLEP).

The FLEP is planned to be the last modernisation programme for the NATO E‑3A fleet and will maintain the platform’s operational viability by ensuring that the platform can continue to support SACEUR’s operational taskings through 2035.

Brig Gen Gschossmann said, “The long journey to contract award was a true joint effort between NAPMA, the NAEW&C Force and all of our industry partners.”

The NAPMO Nations have set a US$ 1 Billion ceiling for the FLEP effort which will address mandated upgrades to the NE‑3A’s data link and voice communications capabilities, enhance the platform’s wide-band Beyond Line of Sight airborne networking capability and refresh the NE‑3A’s mission computing hardware and software infrastructure while simultaneously addressing known and emerging Diminishing Manufacturing Source issues.

The signing was preceded by the NAPMO Board of Directors meeting of the 16 nations that contribute to the NE‑3A modernisation programme. The board consists of one member from each participating nation and meets twice a year to review the programme and provide strategic direction.

NAPMA FLEP key players: Mr. Christian Matei, Contracting Officer, Mr. Dana Whalley, Chief Programme Management Division, and Mr. Gernot Morbach, Programme Manager.

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