Rome, 26th February 2021. The Director of OCCAR Executive Administration (Organization Conjointe de Cooperation en matiere d'ARmement) - the organization for the management of Armaments Programmes in Europe - Matteo Bisceglia and the General Manager of Fincantieri’s Military Vessels Division Giuseppe Giordo signed the contract for the two new submarines for the Italian Navy (plus two as an option), the related 10 years support, and the new training system
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.
OCCAR organized today for the first time ever a joint seminar with ASD, the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe. The seminar brought together more than 70 representatives of defence companies from across Europe to learn about OCCAR and the current and future business opportunities that may emerge from ongoing European defence initiatives such as PESCO. The event focused on the forthcoming procurement of night vision capability equipment by OCCAR on behalf of Belgium and Germany, for which OCCAR will use an EU-wide tendering procedure.