The OCCAR-EA Director has signed today the FREMM Research & Technology Projects Contract with NAVIRIS, a 50% joint venture by Fincantieri and Naval Group, officially launched in January 2020 with the aim to strengthen the French – Italian cooperation for the shipbuilding industry and Navies as an evolution of an historical partnership .
OCCAR has a new Head of Corporate Support Division since the beginning of June. Mr José Emilio Besteiro replaces in the post Mr Geert Vanlinthout, whose contract, according to OCCAR personnel regulations, came to an end in May.
Mr Besteiro comes from the Spanish Underdirectorate for International Relations within the National Armaments Directorate (DGAM). He has extensive experience in the tasks associated to the position, gained in various posts in the ES Navy and more recently in the DGAM.
SEAFUTURE was held in the Naval Station of La Spezia, and presented a great opportunity for Industries to showcase new products; in fact during the event many technological maritime innovations were introduced during a large number of stages and workshops. This year the event has gained an international profile thanks to the participation of about 140 exhibitor industries and more than 40 foreign navies delegations from all over the world. In this edition OCCAR was invited to participate to discuss its role in defence procurement.