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  • NATO Orders New Tanker
    NATO Orders New Tanker 28 September 2020
    The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has ordered a new Airbus A330 MRTT aircraft for NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). Following Luxembourg's decision to maximise its participation in the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet programme (MMF), OCCAR decided to purchase the new aircraft. With this decision, NATO's MMF fleet will have a total of nine aircraft; air-to-air refuelling, strategic transport and medical evacuation needs. The...
  • Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training
    Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training 21 July 2020
    Finding a multinational solution for the aerial refuelling requirement, NATO countries recently received the first aircraft. The Dutch Military Aviation Authority, cleared the way for the training activities for MMF1 airworthy approval which was delivered to the customer within the scope of MMU Programme under the management of OCCAR (Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation / Joint Armaments Cooperation Organization) and support of NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Ag...
  • Multnational Tanker Delivery
    Multnational Tanker Delivery 30 June 2020
    Aerial refuelling aircraft are an important force multiplier for the forces as they extend the flight range and endurance of the fleets without the requirement for a base. Airbus announced that the first A330 MRTT (Multirole Tanker Transport) was officially delivered to the Multinational Tanker Transport Fleet created for the use of NATO countries. The program, which is carried out in cooperation with OCCAR and NSPA, includes NATO countries, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Germ...
  • Steel Cut for New Replenishment Tanker
    Steel Cut for New Replenishment Tanker 24 May 2020
    Replenishment ships are a strategic element that extends the range and mission endurance of naval platforms without returning to the port. The French Navy cut the first steel under the Bâtiments Ravitailleurs de Force (BRF) Project for ships to replace the Durance-class platforms that have reached the end of their economic life. With the ceremony attended by French Defence Minister Florence Parly, the process of building new ships began. In the process to be car...
  • Last Frigate Launched
    Last Frigate Launched 30 January 2020
    Fincantieri Shipyard came to an end during the construction phase of the FREMM (Fregata Europea Multi-Missione) Program. ITS Emilio Bianchi (F 589), the last FREMM built for the Italian Navy (Marina Militare), was launched at Fincantieri's Riva Trigoso Shipyard. The ship, which is the 10th and last platform ordered by Italy, will arrive at Muggiano Shipyard located in La Spezia for refit process. Following the fitting and testing phase, which will be completed under the coo...
  • New Support for A400M Program
    New Support for A400M Program 2 July 2019
      Airbus and Organization for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR)signed A400M contract amendment to solve the cost, performance and delivery problems in the A400M military cargo aircraft program. After the negotiations started in 2017, the agreement is divided into four parts. The first step is new capabilities development plan. According to this plan, Airbus will aim to offer all agreed features and perform better operations. The second step, which aims to significantly reduce...
  • First Two of IFV Received
    First Two of IFV Received 30 June 2019
    Lithuania on 25 June, received its first two of 8x8 Boxer "Vilkas" Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV). The vehicles will officially enter the inventory of the Lithuanian Armed Forces after admission procedures. The Vilkas IFV is a variant of Boxer armoured fighting vehicle developed by German manufacturer ARTEC according to the requirements of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have Israel-made turrets, 30 mm MK-44S cannons and ...
  • Logistic Support Ship Order
    Logistic Support Ship Order 4 February 2019
      France has taken action for logistical support fleet which are end of their useful life. In this context, the French Directorate General of Armaments made a statement to the OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement / Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation). France signed an agreement to procurement of four logistics support vessels. In this...
  • Boxer Programöe Takes Final Shape
    Boxer Programöe Takes Final Shape 17 December 2018
    Europe's Boxer Program will take final shape with offers to the UK and Slovenia. A statement was made by the Eastern European Sales Agency of Artec, a joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss Maffei-Wegmann. It is stated that negotiations with the UK Department of Defense continued through the OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation). The UK plans to supply Boxer in four different variants, including armored personnel carrier, C4I post, ambulance and armored repair vehicle. It w...
  • OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project
    OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project 11 November 2018
    The European Agency for the procurement of arms, or OCCAR, officially invited the aircraft manufacturer Airbus to participate into tender as the prime contractor for the European MALE RPAS Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) The European MALE RPAS, is also known as the EuroMALE. The UAV will be operated worldwide to especially support ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) missions. The Agency announced on 8 November...
  • Vulcano Launched
    Vulcano Launched 5 July 2018
    The Fincantieri Shipyard launched the new logistic support ship of the Italian Navy. The ship named Vulcano (A 5335) floated at the Muggiano shipyard in La Spezia. The European defense procurement organization, OCCAR, ordered the May 2015 in the name of Italian Ministry of Defence, and the hull parts of the platform were built at different shipyards and consolidated at Muggiano. The system integration efforts of the ship will continue until December, and Vulcano will begin...
  • Airbus delivers Double A400M at same day
    Airbus delivers Double A400M at same day 22 March 2018
    Airbus has for the first time formally delivered two A400M new generation airlifters to two different nations in one day. The company handed over the aircraft on 20 March to the European Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), in charge of the management of the A400M Programme, representing Germany and France – at a ceremony in Seville, Spain. OCCAR Director Arturo Alfonso-Meiriño said: “It is a great pleasure to see two of the leading OCCAR nations receiving t...
  • Slovenia To Buy Boxer 8x8
    Slovenia To Buy Boxer 8x8 9 February 2018
    Slovenia has selected Boxer for its 8x8 armoured vehicle requirement. Slovenia’s Ministry of Defence said in a press release on 2 February that the deal for future procurement of Boxer 8×8 armoured wheeled platform for a new Central Battalion Battle Group to be signed in later in the year. The MoD also announced that it will submit a written proposal to OCCAR this month to pursue participating state status within the programme. Slovenia...
  • Two New Customers to A330
    Two New Customers to A330 29 September 2017
    OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement / Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) announced a contract amendment on the current Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) programme on 25 September so as to include Germany and Norway as participants to the project along with the Netherlands and Luxembourg.  This amendment exercises...
  • 400th BOXER in Service
    400th BOXER in Service 15 February 2017
    International OCCAR organization announced on its official website that under the BOXER program,  the 400th armored vehicle was delivered of to Netherlands, during BOXER Programme Review Meeting in Bonn, Germany held on February 1. With the BOXER program, a total of 696 armored vehicles will be produced for Germany, Netherlands and Lithuania. The 400th vehicle delivered was the 29th armored vehicle in service of the Dutch Army. Manufactured in various variants, BOXERs are used for tasks ...
  • New Frigate for Italy
    New Frigate for Italy 7 October 2016
    The Italian Navy has commissioned its fifth FREMM frigate Alpino from Fincantieri  on September 30. Ten frigates are being built for the Italian Navy under the Italian-French programme coordinated by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR). The vessel has been delivered in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) configuration. The FREMM vessels will replace the Italian Navy’s Lupo and Maestrale class frigates built by Fincantieri in the 1970s. The new frigate has already reach...
  • OCCAR Gets Ready for New MALE-UAV
    OCCAR Gets Ready for New MALE-UAV 29 September 2016
    OCCAR awarded Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, Dassault Aviation and Leonardo S.p.a. a contract for a Definition Study of the European MALE RPAS (Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) Programme on 6 September, at Airbus premises in Germany. The Definition Study includes both a System Requirement Review (SRR) and a Preliminary Design Review (PDR). Contract marks the initial stage of MALE RPAS development, a remotely piloted air system for Intelligence, Surveillance, Ta...
  • Lithuania Chose Boxer
    Lithuania Chose Boxer 25 August 2016
    Lithuania signed EUR 390 million contract with  Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) for 88 Boxer (8x8) Multi-Role Armoured Vehicles (MRAVs), training and support. The production will be conducted by ARTEC (a joint venture formed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall). Deliveries are estimated to be completed between 2017-2021. The vehicle will be fitted with an Elbit UT-30 Mk 2 turret armed with a 30 mm cannon, a 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun (MG), and Spike-LR missiles...
  • Netherlands, Luxembourg agree joint A330 MRTT buy
    Netherlands, Luxembourg agree joint A330 MRTT buy 30 July 2016
    A deal to equip NATO with a fleet of A330 MRTT air-to-air refuelling aircraft has been signed by Airbus and OCCAR, the European organization that manages cooperative weapons programs. The aircraft will be NATO property, and will be stationed at Dutch Eindhoven Air Base for pooling and sharing. Belgium, Germany, Norway and Poland intend to join the agreement at a later date. MRTT aircraft can also be used for carrying out medical evacuations.   The European D...