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Belgium has now joined the multinational effort to acquire a European fleet of Multi-Role Tanker-Transport (MRTT) Aircraft, thus becoming the fifth nation to participate in this initiative, joining The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and Norway.

European MALE RPAS passes System Requirements Review

The European MALE RPAS (Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) has successfully passed its System Requirements Review (SRR) in January 2018. The successful SRR also initiates the second phase of the definition study, which will lead to a consolidated preliminary design.

A400M Ministerial Meeting Communique

"Ministers from the A400M Partner Nations had a productive meeting with industry. We discussed the progress and the next steps on the A400M Programme which is already delivering much welcomed initial operational capability to several of the Partner Nations' Air Forces. All Nations and Airbus have signed a high level Declaration of Intent to re-baseline the A400M Programme reflecting the latest status of the production and capability delivery plans."

Two FREMM Frigates launched in one week!

The simultaneous launching of NORMANDIE and MARCEGLIA represents another great success of the OCCAR management, demonstrating indeed the exemplary synergy among Industries, French Navy and Italian Navy.

Increased cooperation between OCCAR, EATC and EDA

On Thursday, 25 January 2018, the Director of OCCAR signed a Letter of Intent concerning the joint optimisation and development of the A400M capability within the remit of EATC with the EATC Commander, MG Pascal Chiffoleau and the EDA CE, Mr Jorge Domecq at EATC headquarters in Eindhoven.

DIRCM Contract signed for ES A400M Fleet

The Spanish MoD has tasked OCCAR-EA to contract the full integration of the DIRCM (Directed Infrared Counter measures) solution on their A400M fleet.

Delivery of the 1st HAP to HAD Tiger retrofit

In the frame of the Tiger HAD production contract, the first retrofitted HAP/F Standard 1 to HAD/F helicopter (Block 2) has been successfully achieved by Airbus Helicopters Tiger and delivered to French Forces on the 30/11/2017.

OCCAR signs SLA with NSPA for Lithuanian BOXER

A Service Level Agreement on “Provision of Ammunition and Missiles” between OCCAR-EA and NSPA, on behalf of the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania, was signed in a ceremony at NSPA in Luxemburg on Monday 18 December 2017

BOXER Driver Training Vehicles for Lithuania delivered

On 15. December 2017 two BOXER Driver Training Vehicles (DTV) have been handed over to the Lithuanian Armed Forces. This is the first big milestone for Lithuania after the contract was signed end of August 2016. The vehicles will be official presented to public in Lithuania with participation of the Lithuanian Minister of National Defence on Monday 18. December in Kaunas.

The fifth French ASW FREMM frigate “Bretagne” on the way to the reception.

On - 18th of October 2017, the fifth of class French - ASM (Anti-Submarine Warfare) FREMM multi-mission frigate “Bretagne” has successfully completed first sea trials in Lorient.

OCCAR awards LRR ISS contract to Thales NL

The OCCAR Director, Arturo Alfonso Meiriño and Gerben Edelijn, CEO of Thales Netherlands, have signed today, 2nd November, in Bonn, the Long Range Radar In Service Support contract for the FSAF PAAMS Programme.

OCCAR awards ESSOR Operational Capability 1 (OC1) contract

The OCCAR Director, Arturo Alfonso Meiriño and the a4ESSOR SaS president, Lino Lagana signed today, 2 November, in Bonn the contract for ESSOR Operational Capability 1.

Successful COBRA Live Firing Trial 2017

The French MoD/DGA and the French Army/STAT successfully conducted a Live Firing Trial for testing a prototype version of the next COBRA (Data) System Software Version V23 to be delivered end of 2018.

Formidable Shield 2017: participation of Italian FREMM Rizzo

Italian FREMM frigate Rizzo took part in the NATO exercise Formidable Shield 2017, held in the North Sea next to Scotland.

Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet expands significantly

In a signing ceremony on 25 September 2017, the current MMF contract was amended to include both Germany and Norway as participants to the MMF project along with the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Major MALE RPAS design milestone achieved

The European MALE RPAS Participating States agreed on the basic remotely piloted aircraft configuration.

FREMM Martinengo: First Sea Going

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

Final Qualification of the TIGER HAD version

On 30 June 2017, OCCAR granted the final qualification of the TIGER HAD version in the Block 2 standard, achieving the final operational capability.

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.

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