On 14th July 2020 the first contract amendment for MUSIS (MUltinational Space-based Imaging System) programme was signed between OCCAR-EA, on behalf of MUSIS Partner Nations (Italy and France), and the Industrial Consortium created by Thales Alenia Space - Italy and Airbus Defence and Space.
The First Steel Cutting ceremony for the Fifth Multipurpose Patrol Ship (PPA) took place on the 25th June at Riva Trigoso Shipyard (Genova).
The steel cutting ceremony is a very meaningful milestone, as it marks the first tangible step of the building process and constitutes the virtual birth of a new ship.
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.