On Monday 18th of November 2019 the MUltinational Space-based Imaging System (MUSIS) Stage 2 contract was signed in Bonn by the OCCAR-EA Director, Matteo Bisceglia, on behalf of MUSIS Partner Nations (Italy and France), and the legal representative of the Industrial Consortium created by Thales Alenia Space – Italy and Airbus Defence and Space, Anna Massetti.
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.
Fincantieri will build the forward sections of the French LSS vessels for the French Navy based on the Italian "Vulcano" design.
The Italian group has been awarded an order from Chantiers de l' Atlantique (CdA) for the construction of the four French vessels' forward sections.
On 2nd September 2019, OCCAR EA Director Mr Arturo Alfonso Meiriño visited Saint-Nazaire OCCAR LSS PD premises, located in the “Chantiers de l’Atlantique” shipyard facilities. He was accompanied by Eng. Gen. Laurent Sellier, Director of the Naval Management Unit of the French “Direction Générale de l’Armement”.