GICAT, French excellence in Defence and Security
With more than 300 members in 2020 – major groups, SMEs, start-ups – GICAT embodies the diversity and vitality of the French land and airland defence and security industry, which alone represents 45,000 direct and indirect jobs. It is a high-tech sector serving the performance of our military and civilian forces, and the breeding ground for our strategic autonomy. In 2018, it generated a global turnover of nearly €8 billion, contributing positively through a trickle-down effect to our country’s balance of trade. Half of its revenue is generated from exports. These revenues are vital, especially since they support technological innovation.
In an uncertain and increasingly competitive context, where the global economic crisis has weakened the industry but has amplified international tensions, our mission is to promote the know-how of our members who, through their high-tech equipment, are able to meet growing operational needs.
This is why GICAT supports the actions of its members by facilitating their exchanges with national, European and international institutions and private operators, in order to contribute to their development. It relies in particular on its exhibitions (Eurosatory, ExpoDefensa, ShieldAfrica and Platinum Security Exhibition) to promote their skills internationally.
For more than forty years, GICAT has been able to represent the voice and interests of its members, with a view to anticipating needs and improving risk and threat management in France and around the world. I am committed to continuing these actions, thus contributing to the success of the French forces and of our Defence and Security industry.
President of GICAT