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OCCAR-EA attends Airbus MRTT Users Group

Representatives of the OCCAR-EA MMF Programme Division participated in the Airbus MRTT Users Group (AMUG) 2016.

New TIGER Standard Mark II contracted

The development of the TIGER HAD Mark II standard has been launched by OCCAR on behalf of France on 15 December 2016.

First TIGER HAD Block 2 helicopter delivered to the Spanish Army

A major milestone of the TIGER HAD project was achieved on 13 December 2016 with the delivery of the first TIGER HAD/E in Block 2 configuration to the Spanish Army.

EDA Chief Executive visits OCCAR Director

The Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency visited the OCCAR Director at the OCCAR headquarters in Bonn on 8 December.

First Spanish A400M enters into service

The 1st A400M was delivered to the Spanish Air Force and has entered into service. The official reception ceremony was held by the Spanish Minister of Defence on 1st December in Sevilla.

First launch of ASTER 30 from a FREMM Frigate

The Italian FREMM frigate Bergamini successfully carried out the first ASTER 30 firing of the FREMM Programme.


An OCCAR team, led by OCCAR Director Mr. Tim Rowntree, visited NSPA on 2 November 2016.

MMF Programme Division fully established

Since beginning of November 2016, the new OCCAR MMF Programme Division is fully operational.

Keel Laying Ceremony for LSS

Another key milestone in the Logistic Support Ship (LSS) Programme was successfully achieved with the keel laying of the fore section.

MMCM contract announcement for Manufacture and Qualification

The contract to proceed with Stages 2 and 3 of the FR/UK MMCM Programme has been jointly announced, on 20 October 2016, at EURONAVAL.

New MALE RPAS Programme Division office opened

The new office for the OCCAR MALE RPAS Programme Division in Munich/Hallbergmoos was officially opened on 19 October 2016.

FREMM Alpino: fifth Italian FREMM delivered

On 30th September 2016, the Italian FREMM frigate “Alpino” was delivered by OCCAR to the Italian Navy.

The fourth French FREMM frigate “Auvergne” starts sea trials

The French Navy’s FREMM multi-mission frigate “Auvergne” successfully completed its first sea going in Lorient on 26th September 2016.

European MALE RPAS Programme launched

The contract for a Definition Study of the European MALE RPAS (Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) Programme was awarded by OCCAR to Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, Dassault Aviation and Leonardo S.p.a..

Lithuania joins BOXER Programme

On 22 August 2016, OCCAR awarded on behalf of the Republic of Lithuania a contract for the procurement of BOXER Infantry Fighting Vehicles to the BOXER manufacturer ARTEC GmbH.

OCCAR welcomes signing of contract for A330 MRTT aircraft

The Netherlands Ministry of Defence has notified Parliament of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Luxembourg to proceed with the acquisition of a pooled fleet of Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft, and the signing of a contract paving the way for the delivery of the aircraft.

Keel Laying Ceremonies in Riva Trigoso for LSS

A further important target in the Logistic Support Ship (LSS) Programme has been successfully achieved with the keel laying of the aft part of the ship. The respective ceremony took place at FINCANTIERI shipyard in Riva Trigoso (Genova) on 12th July.

Successful A400M static line parachuting tests

In June 2016, the A400M Programme made a further key step regarding its paratrooper delivery capability.

Netherlands ‘new vehicle mix’ BOXER Production contract awarded

A contract for a new vehicle mix of BOXER vehicles for the Netherlands was signed on 25 May 2016 by the original equipment manufacturer ARTEC GmbH and OCCAR.

FREMM Luigi Rizzo: First Sea Going

The Italian FREMM frigate ‘Luigi Rizzo’ had its first sea going in the Gulf of La Spezia on 17th of May 2016.

FREMM Carabiniere returns from operational deployment

The Italian FREMM Carabiniere has just concluded a six month deployment at sea off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean.

A400M re-deploys TIGER back from Africa

Operational premiere: A French TIGER helicopter was transferred in an A400M from Mali back to its home base in France.

First User Forum for the A400M Programme

An inaugural A400M User Forum was held in Seville, Spain and was attended by a wide range of attendees from the end user community.

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