Chairman’s Message

GICAT – French Excellence in Defence and Security

With over 270 members in 2020 – large groups, mid-caps, SMEs and 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. This high-tech industry enhances the performance of our military and civil forces and forms the cornerstone of our strategic independence. In 2018, the sector generated almost €8 billion in revenue and made a positive contribution to our country’s trade balance by trickle-down effect. Half of that revenue is generated through exports. These inflows are vital, particularly as they support technological innovation.

In an uncertain and increasingly competitive context, with the global economic crisis weakening industry but heightening international tensions, it is our role to promote our members’ expertise because, with their high-tech equipment, they are capable of meeting the growing operational needs.

GICAT therefore supports its members’ actions by facilitating their relations with national, European and international institutions and private operators, to contribute to their development. The Group particularly relies on its exhibitions (Eurosatory, ExpoDefensa, ShieldAfrica and Platinum Security Exhibition) to showcase their capabilities on the international scene.

For more than forty years, GICAT has represented its members and defended their interests, with the aim of anticipating requirements, to achieve better management of risks and threats on national territory and around the world. I am firmly focused on the future and I undertake to pursue these actions, to contribute to the success of the French forces and our national Defence and Security industry.

Marc DARMON

Chairman of GICAT

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