“Enhancing Military Capabilities in Europe: The Case of Air-to-Air Refuelling”, Andrea Aversano Stabile, Giorgio Di Mizio (IAI, Italy)

The development and interoperability of military capabilities in Europe has returned to the forefront of contemporary debates about Europe’s strategic autonomy. A multiplication of security challenges and a mutating international security environment are driving this concern, as is the growing uneasiness with Europe’s traditional allies and the acknowledgement of significant shortcomings in EU capabilities and security posture. Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR), or the airborne refuelling capacity of military aircraft, is a significant case in point given the key role such capabilities play in deterrence and air power projection.

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