The defense ministers of Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia and Spain signed on Friday July 16, 2021 a memorandum of understanding aimed at modernizing the storage and the supply of ammunition. As part of the new Multinational Ammunition Storage Initiative – or MAWI – participating Allies will create a unique set of principles for the storage and management of ammunition stocks in various multinational warehouses.
“The implementation of the multinational high visibility MAWI project is simple, but very effective. Like the private sector, it enables participants to streamline their warehousing footprint and increase the efficiency of their logistics system. This will free up resources to be reallocated to higher priority purposes such as promoting NATO’s ambitious innovation agenda ”, said Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană.
A key feature of MAWI is its flexibility and adaptability, as MAWI solutions can be customized for different circumstances. The MAWI framework also supports the establishment of temporary storage facilities in support of NATO missions, where Allies can store their ammunition for the duration of their deployment. Establishing and maintaining MAWI solutions will reduce the costs of deploying and removing ammunition for each new deployment cycle. The first MAWI site is expected to become operational before the end of 2021 and more will follow.