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OCCAR delivers despite COVID-19 lockdowns

5th May 2020 - 11:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has continued to meet several contract requirements, despite nationwide lockdowns in each of its six European member states as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

France received an Airbus A400M whilst OCCAR extended the A400M Engine Support Contract by awarding it to Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Meanwhile, five Boxer A2 vehicles have been successfully retrofitted for the Bundeswehr in Germany. Negotiations for Germany’s Driver Vision System contract continued alongside preparations for the first Preliminary Design Review for the UK.

A new naval research and technology contract was also finalised between OCCAR and NAVIRIS (the Franco-Italian JV between Fincantieri and Naval Group), which has progressed onto the preparation of the Horizon MLU contract. This means that the ninth Italian FREMM vessel is ready for delivery, according to OCCAR.

Thales has also continued with negotiations for a production contract for the French/UK Maritime Mine Counter Measures programme whilst its sea trials were postponed.

Additionally, the Multinational Multirole Fleet (MMF) programme is to undergo a contract amendment, to prepare the first multirole tanker aircraft for entry into service. Negotiations have been finalised for the acquisition of another aircraft (based on the A330-200) and the development of a flexible new refuelling system.

OCCAR members are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. Non-member participants include Finland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and Sweden.

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