Today we have celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signature of the Convention of the Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation en Matiere d’Armement, as well as its growth with the official inauguration of the new Bonn premises.
The event has counted with the presence of the Ambassador of the Federal Ministry of Defence of NRW, the Mayor of Bonn, representatives of our Corporate Boards and Committees, Programme Board and Committees representatives, Industry representatives, the Chief Executive of EDA and the General Manager of NSPA.
On 20 September 2010, with a ceremony chaired by the FR Air Force Command CoS (GCA Hugues HENDEL), the first SAMP/T section, baptized “MAMBA” by FR Air Force, was definitively put on duty. After completion of all the preparatory activities as personnel training, unit preparation/adaptation, initial in-servicing, the first SAMP/T section has been assigned to the air base 116 at Luxeuil-Saint Sauveur (East of France). This is the first of the 5 FR AF units planned to be equipped with the SAMP/T system. In the next future it is expected that the unit will participate to national and international exercises in order to be certificated “ready for operations”. The delivery of the first SAMP/T section to Italian Army is ongoing and the ATOC B1 (ATBM) campaign, which will culminate in a joint France/Italy ripple firing against a TBM target, is planned in 2012