OCCAR-EA awarded the contract to Eurosam following a tight schedule agreed with France and Italy. This success was achieved thanks to the joint effort of OCCAR-EA, the DGA and SEGREDIFESA, in conjunction with a very responsive team from Eurosam and its member companies (MBDA France, MBDA Italy and THALES). After a joint mandate received from France and Italy in June 2019, OCCAR-EA began preparations and reached an agreement and harmonisation of the operational requirements between the French and Italian End-Users by December 2019. In March 2020, in order to cope with the difficulty to exchange with stakeholders, due to the COVID-19, OCCAR put in place a specific convergence sessions process with Nations and Industry in order to speed up agreement of the performance and technical contractual perimeter. This strategic process in this demanding period allowed the completion of the negotiation and agreement of the full contract in December 2020.
With the placement of the contract on the 19th of March 2021, OCCAR will manage a more than 1.5 Billion € development and production programme, that foresees the qualification of this complex system by 2025. In the following years, OCCAR-EA will be subsequently responsible for the In-Service Support phase of SAMP/T NG.