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44 A Response Forces Pool of 15,000 troops has also been established to act as reinforcements for the initial forces. 45 The NRF consists of air, land and naval components. 48 The NRF (and other ongoing NATO operations) are supported by the presence of NATO’s Rapidly Deployable Corps – a set of six corps composed of command elements which are capable of commanding up to 60,000 troops. These Corps are composed of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) established in 1992, the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Italy, the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Spain, the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Turkey, the Rapid Deployable German–Netherlands Mapping European Defence Cooperation 15 Corps and finally the Eurocorps.

However, the organisation has also provided troops for ISAF. The Package of Measures included in the 2010 Franco-British Defence Treaty’s LoI also contains a number of provisions relating to force generation. ’134 However, the Treaty of Lisbon that entered into force in December 2009 contains a mutual defence clause Article 42 (7) TEU, a development that, at first glace, would appear to present a nascent challenge to NATO’s pre-eminence as the core institution of European collective defence. In addition, forward defence is a policy objective that is shared by CSDP.

The Eurofighter is an airto-surface, multi-role combat aircraft that can undertake air combat and air-ground support. 106 In addition, in 1999 France launched the ‘nEUROn’ unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator project. Intended to sustain Europe’s skill and knowledge base in NEC, the project was joined by Italy, Greece, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland in 2005, who assume a total of 50% of the project cost and work. Finally, the post-Cold War era has also witnessed increased cooperation between Britain and France in defence capability procurement.

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