NATO and OCCAR sign agreement on security of information

  • 05 Feb. 2009 -
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  • Last updated: 26 Feb. 2009 17:26

NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, and Patrick Bellouard, Director of the “Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en Matière d’Armement” (OCCAR) met at the Alliance’s headquarters on 5 February to sign an agreement on security of information.

Left to right: Patrick Bellouard (Director of OCCAR) and NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer exchanging documents following the signature of the agreement.

OCCAR is an international procurement agency for the managing of armament programmes. It is formed by Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. Other NATO countries like Luxembourg, The Netherlands, and Turkey are also participating in certain OCCAR programmes without being members of the organization.

NATO currently takes part in three programmes managed by OCCAR: the COBRA Target Locating Radar, the A400M Military Transport Aircraft and the TIGER helicopter programmes.  

The agreement between both organizations ensures the protection of classified NATO information released to OCCAR in order to meet the Alliance’s requirements and ensure conformity with NATO standardisation agreements (STANAGS).