From the Chairman

GICAT, promoting French excellence in the fields of Defense and Security


With more than 200 members in 2016, GICAT represents the diversity and vitality of the land and air-land defense and security sectors. Decisively oriented to the future, our group strives to meet the expectations and needs of institutional and industrial players.

The companies we represent, both nationally and internationally, – corporations, mid-market companies and SMEs – help to develop military and civilian capabilities, endeavoring to anticipate requirements to ensure optimal management of the risks and threats to our national territory and throughout the world.

This responsibility, entrusted to our industrial partners, resides in a context in which the intentions of certain countries to increase their defense and security investments implies a coherent import/export policy. In an increasingly competitive sector, in which new emerging countries are gaining ground, our role is to guarantee the visibility and expertise of French companies, while acting as an intermediary of reference between industrial, institutional and private operators.

The strategic dimension of the land defense and security sector is more important than ever before in this uncertain and rapidly changing global context. GICAT therefore encourages the development of French industries, providing assistance in their dealings with national, European and international bodies. GICAT uses its exhibitions in particular (Eurosatory, APHS, Expodefensa and ShieldAfrica) to promote the expertise and skills of French industries beyond our national borders.

Working in close synergy with State, political and operational players, our industries are proud to contribute to the reputation and defense of our country. GICAT is but a catalyst for this French excellence in the fields of defense and security.

Stéphane Mayer

Stéphane Mayer ©C-Cosmao-Air & Cosmos