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.
On the 15th November 2019, the OCCAR Director visited the ITS Spartaco SCHERGAT, the ninth Italian FREMM (out of ten ships under contract). The outfitting of the frigate is being concluded at the Fincantieri Muggiano shipyard in La Spezia. The aim is to deliver her to the Italian Navy in March 2020, fully on schedule and ready to be integrated with the rest of the fleet.
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.
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.