NSPA welcomes new OCCAR Director

13 September 2019

On 12 September, OCCAR held the Handover Ceremony at the OCCAR-EA headquarters in Bonn. Mr Arturo Alfonso-Meiriño, the current OCCAR-EA Director handed over the lead of the organisation to Rear Admiral Matteo Bisceglia.

NSPA General Manager, Mr Peter Dohmen, was present during the ceremony and expressed to Rear Admiral Bisceglia his desire to work closely with him to “further enhance the long-standing, effective and close cooperation between OCCAR and NSPA to the benefit of our mutual customers.”

At the same time, Mr Dohmen thanked the outgoing Director, Mr Arturo Alfonso-Meiriño, for his contribution to the great relations both organisation maintain today. “Without your vision and openness, this matured cooperation would not have been possible,” he said.

NSPA and OCCAR have become valuable strategic partners over the years and the importance of this cooperation has turn into a key benefit for our mutual customers.

This collaboration started in 2005 when both organisations signed the framework Memorandum of Understanding. Since then, NSPA has worked closely with OCCAR on a number of significant projects. From providing automated support for the TIGER helicopters, to the A400M aircraft support that the Agency rendered OCCAR over the last five years, or the COBRA radar supported by NSPA, on behalf of OCCAR.

“The scope of this support is growing and that growth reflects the effectiveness of our collaboration as well as the added value provided to customers and industrial partners,” explained Mr Dohmen during the event. “More recently, we have experienced and witnessed an unprecedented level of collaboration with OCCAR acquiring Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft on behalf of NSPA. In the interest of the program and the member nations, we overcame boundaries and built one System Management Group to drive the MMF program to its success. This is clearly a model for the future. We are looking forward to the first aircraft being delivered next year and starting operation and maintenance in support of the nations,” added the General Manager, highlighting this latest example of effective NATO & EU cooperation, made possible through the two organisations.

NATO and the European Union share similar strategic interests, have common values and face the same challenges. NSPA is willing to continue reinforcing this essential cooperation to address the evolving security challenges and unify efforts with OCCAR to achieve common goals. “I see great opportunities for the future stemming from EU defense initiatives as well as NATO nations’ commitments to increased defense spending. Moreover, considering the strategic changes in the defense environment, I am confident that we have everything to win in further developing our cooperation and collaboration, building on each organization’s strengths,” guaranteed Mr Dohmen.