Latest News on OCCAR-EA
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.
FREMM: Visit to the DCNS Lorient Shipyard and the frigate “Normandie”
On the 18th of February 2014, OCCAR Director Tim Rowntree went to the DCNS Lorient shipyard where the French Navy’s FREMM multi-mission frigates are assembled.
A400M Service Level Agreement signed with NSPA
OCCAR-EA signed a 4-year A400M Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the NSPA (NATO Support Agency) on 21 February 2014.
First airdrop campaign for A400M
The A400M has successfully completed its first test airdrop campaign.
On the 27th February 2014 in La Spezia shipyard, the third Italian frigate “Carlo Margottini” was delivered by OCCAR to the Italian Navy.
OCCAR Director speaks at UK Defence Forum
OCCAR Director Tim Rowntree was invited by UK Defence Forum to join their recent meeting in London and speak to them.
OCCAR Director visits EATC Commander
The OCCAR Director, Tim Rowntree, visited the Commander of the European Air Transport Command (EATC), Major General Pascal Valentin.
FSAF - French SAMP/T "MAMBA" System Delivery
On 14th January 2014, the OCCAR FSAF – PAAMS Programme Division accepted delivery of the penultimate French SAMP/T “MAMBA” system and subsequently transferred it to the French Air Force Ground Based Air Defence Squadron 01.950 “CRAU”.
French TIGER HAD operational unit receives its 1st Serial Aircraft
On 12 December 2013 two HAD-F helicopters were transferred to the 1st Combat Helicopter Regiment (“1er RHC”) in Phalsbourg, thus establishing the first French Tiger HAD operational unit.
Operation Serval - First operational mission for A400M Atlas
The new Airbus A400M flew its first operational mission on Sunday 29 December 2013, when the French Air Force MSN8 (Manufacturer Serial Number 8) flew to Bamako airport in Mali.
First of Class Anti Submarine Warfare FREMM Virginio Fasan: Mission Accomplished
On 19 December 2013, OCCAR delivered to the Italian Navy the ITS (Italian Ship) Virginio Fasan, the first of class FREMM frigate in the anti submarine warfare version.
Italian FREMM Frigate Bergamini casts off
On 13 November 2013, the FREMM First of Class General Purpose (FOC GP) frigate Carlo Bergamini joined the 30th Italian Naval Group.