Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
SAC Website

Skip Navigation LinksStrategic-Airlift-Capability-Executed-Emergency-Response-Mission-to-Support-COVID-19-Fight

3/26/2020 9:00 AM
Strategic Airlift Capability Executed Emergency Response Mission to Support COVID-19 Fight
26 MARCH 2020 – PÁPA - - The Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) delivered medical equipment to Romania to support the country’s fight against the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

Emergency Response Missions are always the top priority for the SAC. Photo: Heavy Airlift Wing

​​​​​​​​Romania, one of the twelve Member Nations of the SAC, requested an emergency response mission to transport medical equipment to the capital, Bucharest from Seoul, South Korea last week. SAC 01, one of the three Boeing Globemaster C-17's was ready to take off from homestation Pápa only 72 hours after receiving the request.

​​​​​​​The cargo was built by the SAC aircrew on spot in South Korea. Photo: Heavy Airlift Wing

The cargo consisted of 45 tons of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) sets. This means 100,000 sets in 2,000 boxes (20 kg each), all built by the crew on spot, in South Korea. Romania is going to use these much-needed PPE sets to supply their people battling COVID-19 at the front line.

The multinational SAC team was ready to take off from homestation only 72 hour after receiving the request. Photo: Heavy Airlift Wing

This mission was a coordinated effort of the multinational teams in Command and Control, Aerial Port, aircrew, and every other unit in the Strategic Airlift Capability; having the commander of SAC's operational arm, the Heavy Airlift Wing, USAF Colonel James Sparrow on board. It is a prime example of the agility of the programme, its rapid reaction time, and the efficiency of a multinational team.


About the Strategic Airlift Capability

Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC), established in 2008, is a multinational program that provides its 12 member nations with assured access to military airlift capability by owning and operating three C-17A Globemaster III long-range cargo aircraft.

SAC is based at the Hungarian Defense Forces (HDF) Pápa Air Base, Hungary

The SAC Nations are the NATO members Hungary (program host nation), Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, and the United States, and the NATO Partnership for Peace nations Finland and Sweden. Each participating nation own a share of the available flight hours of the SAC C-17A's to serve the needs of their national defense, NATO, EU, or UN commitments, and humanitarian relief efforts.

SAC consists of the 12-nation Heavy Airlift WIng (HAW) and the NATO Airlift Management Programme Office (NAM PO). The HAW is the operational unit, and the NAM PO, an integral part of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), is the acqusition and sustainment authority of the SAC C-17A weapon system.

NAM PO contracts with the U.S. Government, via Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreements with the USAF, for SAC C-17 Technical and integrated product support, Flight crew training and operational data services. The USAF in turn sub-contracts many these services to Industry; notably Boeing and Pratt & Whitney.