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Final interoperability event in the ESSOR Programme

Following the first and the second successful Interoperability Functional Qualification Reviews, a final ESSOR interoperability event was conducted 23 - 25 June 2015.

FREMM Provence frigate delivered

On 12th June 2015, the French FREMM frigate “Provence” was accepted by OCCAR and delivered to the French Navy.

Request for Interest for Banking Services Contract

On 15 June 2015, OCCAR-EA has issued a Request for Interest for a Banking Services Contract.

New interoperability qualification testing in the ESSOR Programme

Following the first successful Interoperability Functional Qualification Review (FQR) of the ESSOR Programme, a new Interoperability FQR was conducted in May 2015.

Unique in Europe: FREMM frigate fires a naval Cruise Missile

On 19th May 2015, the first Naval Cruise Missile firing was successfully performed by the French FREMM Aquitaine.

A400M accident

On 9 May 2015, an A400M aircraft crashed during a test flight in Seville/Spain.

FREMM Alpino: First Sea Going

The Italian FREMM frigate “Alpino” had its first sea going in the Gulf of La Spezia on 5th of May 2015.

Two new ship programmes integrated into OCCAR

The Multipurpose Combat Ship Programme PPA (Pattugliatori Polivalenti d’Altura) and the Logistic Support Ship Programme LSS (Logistic Support Ship) have been formally integrated into OCCAR.

Italian Court of Auditors on board of FREMM Carabiniere

Representatives of the Italian Court of Auditors attended the last session of sea trials on board of the Italian FREMM frigate “Carabiniere”.

FREMM Carabiniere’s Final Acceptance

On 28th April 2015, the fourth Italian FREMM frigate “Carabiniere” was delivered by OCCAR to the Italian Navy.

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.

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Tim Rowntree
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