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02. July 2012

The first FSAF Joint Integrated-In Service Support Contract is ready for Rollout

OCCAR-EA FSAF PD is pleased to announce that the first joint & international In-Service Support contract was signed between GIE EUROSAM and OCCAR, on 2 July 2012.

This complex 5-year contract is dedicated to a multifaceted community in terms of 3 Nations and 5 end users (customers). They are:

  • France, Italy and United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland;
  • Armed forces: French Air Force; Italian Army, Italian Navy, UK Royal Navy and the French Navy.

Horizon class frigates (Italy and France)

Type 45 destroyer (UK)

The contract will provide dual in service support for all land & naval weapon systems using a mix of Aster missiles 15 & 30 for SAAM-FR, SAAM-IT, PAAMS/LRR and SAMP/T.

After two years of detailed commitment from OCCAR-EA FSAF PD, ultimately resulting from the BoS, extensive negotiations between all stakeholders (Nations, Industry and OCCAR) addressed the common needs whilst facing complex intense price negotiations concluding toward contract execution.

The armed forces will receive a contract ensuring the continued support of the weapons systems which is compliant with their operational requirements.

The support construct for this contract will be performed with two main advantages in mind:

  • first, regular contractual "international customers" exchange meetings, where technical information will be shared and lessons learnt for continuous improvement and embodiment;
  • second, an official forum equal to an "Aster family Users' Club" to refine or re-define the common support policy for the medium and long term.


Beyond the performance of logistics engineering and support activities, this 5-year contract for an amount of € 360 million will allow Nations, Industry and OCCAR to make common contractual analysis via continuous agreed periodic reviews with an aim to re-tailor the contract incorporating any potential lessons learnt encountered and possible changes to Nations needs. This review will take into account risks identified and implementation and management of mitigation activities.

This contract represents the first step in a long and fruitful co-operation between participating states, OCCAR and Industry.