The future prime contractor for the European MALE RPAS Stage 2 contract, Airbus Defence & Space GmbH, submitted the offer for the envisaged global contract covering development and production including initial in-service support to the MALE RPAS Programme Division in Hallbergmoos on 29 May 2019. For this offer submission the future prime contractor has been supported by Airbus Defence & Space S.A.U., Dassault Aviation SA and Leonardo s.p.a. as major subcontractors.
The launching ceremony of the Italian FREMM Spartaco Schergat, another significant milestone for the FREMM programme in the framework of the joint Italian-French cooperation programme managed by OCCAR, was held on 26th January 2019 at the FINCANTIERI integrated shipyard in Riva Trigoso.
Under the supervision of the OCCAR FREMM Programme Division and the Italian Naval Directorate (NAVARM), the FREMM programme is moving quickly toward completion, given the tenth and last Frigate, Emilio Bianchi, will be launched within a year.
On 19 December 2013, six months after the final acceptance of the Italian FREMM frigate Carlo Bergamini, first of class (FOC) in the General Purpose (GP) version, OCCAR delivered to the Italian Navy the ITS (Italian Ship) Virginio Fasan, the first frigate in the anti submarine warfare version, known as FOC ASW.