On Monday 18th of November 2019 the MUltinational Space-based Imaging System (MUSIS) Stage 2 contract was signed in Bonn by the OCCAR-EA Director, Matteo Bisceglia, on behalf of MUSIS Partner Nations (Italy and France), and the legal representative of the Industrial Consortium created by Thales Alenia Space – Italy and Airbus Defence and Space, Anna Massetti.
Fincantieri will build the forward sections of the French LSS vessels for the French Navy based on the Italian "Vulcano" design.
The Italian group has been awarded an order from Chantiers de l' Atlantique (CdA) for the construction of the four French vessels' forward sections.
In the wake of LSS PD expansion with the opening of Paris site on 15th February 2019, the new OCCAR satellite of Saint-Nazaire was activated on 3rd June 2019, with the arrival of a first Platform Support Officer, to that will be supplemented in July by a second Staff Member.
OCCAR has placed on January 30th a new Logistic Support Ship (LSS) contract for 1.7 b€ (VAT incl.) on behalf of the French Defence procurement agency “Direction générale de l’armement” (DGA).
In accordance with the French Defence planning law 2019-2025, this contract will enable the French Navy to progressively phase out the current ageing logistic fleet and commission 4 brand new vessels, the first two of which shall be delivered by 2025.