EU Defence Agency ( EDA ) officially announced its involvement in 2 new EU PESCO programs:
- FMTC ( Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo )
- SATOC ( Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo )
FMTC is aimed to replace small/medium tactical airlifters, such as early C130s versions, C295,C27Js,...
SATOC, as reported by EDA, "SATOC aims to fill the critical shortfall for strategic transport for outsized and heavy cargo, a crucial enabler for military missions and operations. SATOC involves a 3-step approach, firstly by identifying a sufficient number of project members, harmonising requirements and finally identifying and agreeing on a common European solution for the transport of outsized cargo. Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has also underscored the importance of outsized and heavy cargo transport. The destruction of several Antonov aircrafts, including AN-225 Mriya (the world’s largest cargo aircraft) has further reduced European Armed Forces access to strategic airlift."
Currently France, Germany and Spain, together with other smaller EU member states, are working on the projects.
EDA says that " we are working to define common requirements to have more EU countries involved in the project".
Probably the cargos will be under the control of EATC in a common fleet, just like the A330MRTT
Italy, as reported by Air Force chief of staff, is looking to replace in the future its fleet of c27js and c130js