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FREMM Martinengo: First Sea Going

The Italian FREMM frigate “Federico Martinengo” had its first sea going on 18th July 2017.

Germany and Norway formally join Netherlands and Luxembourg in the MMF

Germany and Norway officially joined the European/NATO programme to acquire Airbus A330 MRTT along with Netherlands and Luxembourg. The two nations committed to participating through the signing of a MoU at NATO HQ in Brussels today.

BOXER retrofit contract for Germany signed

On 28th June, the OCCAR Director and the Managing Directors of ARTEC GmbH signed a contract to retrofit the German BOXER fleet to the A2 built-standard.

OCCAR Director and team visit Le Bourget Air Show

The OCCAR Director visited the Le Bourget Air Show together with a team of his air system Programme Managers.

FREMM Luigi Rizzo - Delivery to the Italian Navy

The sixth Italian FREMM frigate “Luigi Rizzo” was delivered on 20th April 2017 by OCCAR to the Italian Navy.

FREMM frigate “Auvergne” delivered to the French Navy

On 11th April 2017, the French FREMM “Auvergne” was accepted by OCCAR on behalf of the French defence procurement agency DGA - and delivered to the French Navy.

Logistic Support Ship Fore Section Launch

The fore section of the new Italian Navy’s Logistic Support Ship (LSS), named Vulcano, was launched on the 10th of April.

Second successful ASTER 30 missile launch from a FREMM Frigate

The Italian FREMM frigate Bergamini successfully carryied out the second ASTER 30 firing of the FREMM Programme.

Launching of Federico MARTINENGO: the 7th Italian FREMM Frigate

The 7th Italian FREMM frigate was launched on the 4th of March at the FINCANTIERI integrated shipyard in Riva Trigoso (Genoa).

Two major contracts awarded for the German BOXER fleet

Two major contracts have been signed for the BOXER Programme on behalf of the German customer within one week.

Technical and Logistic Support (TLS) Contract Amendment for TIGER signed

On 24th February 2017 OCCAR Director Tim Rowntree and Airbus Helicopter Tiger Programme Manager Andreas Goern signed Amendment 5 of the TIGER helicopter Technical and Logistic Support (TLS) contract.

Handover ceremony of the OCCAR-EA Director

On 22 February 2017, the handover ceremony of the OCCAR-EA Director was held at the OCCAR-EA headquarters in Bonn.

More nations intend to join the MFF

The Defence Ministers of Belgium, Germany and Norway signed a Declaration of Intent to join the European Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF).

First Steel Cutting Ceremony for PPA

The First Steel Cutting ceremony for the Multipurpose Patrol Ship (Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura - PPA) took place on 13 February 2017.

400th BOXER vehicle delivered!

On 1st February 2017, a major milestone in the BOXER Programme was celebrated: The delivery of the 400th BOXER vehicle to the Royal Netherlands Army.

“Ready for Training” of the Upgraded Computer Aided Training for Tiger UHT

On 10 January 2017, the Computer Aided Training upgrade for the German TIGER UHT reached its final milestone with the “Ready for Training” declaration made by OCCAR.

FREMM Carabiniere deployment to Australia and South-East Asia

Italian FREMM Carabiniere has started its 20,000 nautical miles deployment to South East Asia and Australia, visiting eight different countries during four months of operational activity.

Important FSAF-PAAMS contract amendment signed

In the frame of the Sustainment & Enhancement Phase of the FSAF-PAAMS Programme, OCCAR signed Contract Amendment 1.

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.

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