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Last batch of the Italian FREMM frigates ordered

On 16 April 2015, Italy formally placed its order for two further Italian FREMM frigates, exercising an option under the OCCAR FREMM contract.

MMCM Programme integrated into OCCAR and MMCM contract awarded

On behalf of France and the United Kingdom, OCCAR has awarded the Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) contract on 27 March 2015. With the signature of the MMCM Programme Decision on 12 March 2015, MMCM had formally been integrated as new Programme into OCCAR.

First Steel Cutting Ceremony for the 8th Italian FREMM

Another important milestone in the FREMM Programme was successfully achieved on 25th February 2015 with the first steel cutting of the 8th Italian FREMM frigate.

Delivery of the First 3 TIGER HAD/F Block 2 Helicopters for France

The French Republic received its first three TIGER HAD/F Block 2 helicopters in early December 2014.

Delivery of the 1st two TIGER HAD/E Helicopters for Spain

A major milestone in the TIGER Programme was achieved on the 18 December 2014 with the delivery of the first two HAD/E helicopters to Spain.

Contract for the TIGER Aircrew Training Means Upgrade and In-Service Support awarded

In the frame of the TIGER Programme, OCCAR-EA has awarded a contract to ARGE TATM, a partnership composed of Thales Training and Simulation (TTS) and Rheinmetall Defence Electronics (RDE).

Commander EATC visits OCCAR-EA

The Commander of the European Air Transport Command (EATC) visited OCCAR Director Tim Rowntree on 13 January 2015. They primarily discussed the A400M Programme and the related coordination of EATC and OCCAR work.

First successful interoperability qualification testing in the ESSOR Programme

The first Interoperability Functional Qualification Review (FQR) of the ESSOR Programme was successfully conducted on 17 and 18 December 2014.

Delivery of the first German A400M

The first Airbus A400M for Germany has been delivered by OCCAR-EA to the Luftwaffe on 18 December 2014.

Fifth Italian FREMM ‘Alpino’ launched

The Italian Frigate Alpino was launched in Riva Trigoso shipyard on 13 December 2014.

French - UK joint Initial Support Contract for the A400M Programme

On 4 December 2014, OCCAR signed on behalf of France and the UK a joint initial support contract for their A400M fleets with Airbus Defence and Space.

Security Arrangement between EDA and OCCAR signed

European Defence Agency (EDA) Chief Executive Claude-France Arnould and OCCAR Director Tim Rowntree have signed a Security Arrangement between their respective organisations on 8 December 2014.

Cooperation Agreement signed to initiate MMF project

On 21 November 2014, a Cooperation Agreement was signed between the NATO Support Organisation (NSPO) and OCCAR to launch the Acquisition Phase of the Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) project.

OCCAR-EA awards study contract for Tiger Training means

In the frame of the Tiger Helicopter Programme, OCCAR-EA has awarded a contract to CAE Elektronik GmbH to undertake an analysis of the training needs of the Bilateral Tiger Technicians Training School.

A400M enters service with the UK

The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has been delivered by OCCAR-EA to the UK on Monday 17th November.

Battle Flag delivery to Italian FREMM Fasan

The ceremony for the delivery of the Battle Flag to frigate “Virginio Fasan” took place on the 5th November 2014 in Trieste.

Italian FREMM: Temporary Global Support services started

The Italian FREMM First of Class General Purpose frigate Carlo Bergamini successfully completed the Final Warranty Works Review at the end of October 2014.

OCCAR-EA awards the MUSIS Federating Activities Phase B-2 Contract

In the frame of the space programme MUSIS FA (MUltinational Space-based Imaging System Federating Activities), OCCAR-EA has awarded a 10-month Phase B-2 contract to a consortium of Thales Alenia Space Italia and Airbus Defence & Space.

The third French FREMM frigate “Provence” starts sea trials

The third French FREMM multi-mission frigate “Provence” started its sea trials in Lorient on 1 October 2014.

OCCAR Information Day in Italy

On 30 September 2014, a team headed by OCCAR-EA Director Tim Rowntree gave a comprehensive briefing on OCCAR’s way of working to more than 100 Italian Armed Forces’ staff members.

Fourth French FREMM frigate “Languedoc” launched

The fourth French Navy’s FREMM multi-mission frigate “Languedoc” was launched in Lorient on 12 July 2014.

First A400M in “Batch 1” configuration delivered

On 24 July 2014, the A400M MSN10 (4th A400M production aircraft and 3rd of France in service) was delivered. It is the fourth operational Aircraft with additional capabilities.

ESSOR Architecture offered for release

The Participating States to the OCCAR ESSOR Programme are pleased to announce the availability of a first compilation of information concerning the ESSOR Architecture for third party states.

FREMM Carabiniere: First Sea Going

On 25 June 2014, the Italian FREMM frigate “Carabiniere” had her first sea going, successfully reaching this important milestone three months earlier than her predecessor the “Carlo Margottini”.

Formal handover of first Netherlands BOXER vehicle to the customer

The Medical Company of the 13th NL Brigade formally received the first NL BOXER armoured vehicle, an Ambulance version, on 25 June 2014.

First operational joint SAMP/T firing at Biscarrosse firing range

The first joint French-Italian “operational” SAMP/T firing took place successfully at Biscarrosse on the 20th May 2014.

Official ceremony for the first A400M delivery to Turkey

The official ceremony for the delivery of the first A400M ‘Atlas’ to Turkey was held on 12 May 2014 at the Military Airbase Command in Kayseri.

Start of The Netherlands’ Ambulance BOXER delivery

On 7 April 2014, the OCCAR-EA BOXER Programme Manager released the delivery of the first Netherlands’ Ambulance (NL AMB) BOXER.

First Turkish A400M delivery

The A400M MSN9 (Manufacturer Serial Number 9) has been delivered to Turkey on 4 April 2014 as their first A400M aircraft.

CARABINIERE: 4th Italian FREMM launched

On 29 March 2014, the Italian FREMM Carabiniere, the third in the Anti Submarine Warfare configuration, was launched at the FINCANTIERI shipyard in Riva Trigoso.

ESSOR at the MILCOM’13 and WInnComm’14 conferences

The presentation and promotion of the ESSOR HDR WF (High Data Rate Waveform) as a new international standard for Software Defined Radio (SDR) systems has recently started. Two detailed explanatory technical documents were published and presented by to a broad audience at two international communication conferences.

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04/12/14: OMP 14 Issue 1
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