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.
On 15 June the Bundeswehr organized the 5th „Tag der Bundeswehr“ opening the doors at 14 different locations all over Germany. Due to the established good neighbourhood the Bundeswehr Research Institute for Materials, Fuels and Lubricants (WIWeB) in Erding has invited the MALE RPAS Programme Division (MRPD) to display the 1:10 model of the remotely piloted aircraft at that occasion.
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.