While US Defense Secretary Mattis was delivering an ultimatum to NATO Allies on military spending, European states were ready to make specific commitments.
Germany and France are creating a joint fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp C-130J transport planes, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The fleet will join a Dutch-led fleet of Airbus A330 tanker planes with the participation of Luxembourg.
It is hoped Belgium and Norway will join.
One of the lessons of the ISAF NATO mission in Afghanistan was the need for increased airborne military capacity. Moreover, Joint initiatives help appease historically rooted fears arising from the rapid expansion of the German military.
Germany is also ready to sign a bilateral military cooperation agreement with Norway, which includes training, logistics cooperation and joint procurement for submarines and missiles.
Meanwhile, Norway, Romania and the Czech Republic have announced cooperation in training and land troop deployment.