Company Shoulders “a particular responsibility”
A renewed agreement was signed on 14 January between Dassault Aviation and the French Ministry of the Armed Forces to support French small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs – PME in French) in the defence supply chain.
Florence Parly, Minister for the Armed Forces and Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, signed the agreement – which Dassault first signed in 2014 – during the Minister’s visit to the company’s Mérignac facility. Dassault is thus renewing its long-standing commitment of supporting the hundreds of SMEs which partner it on military programmes.
The French industrial fabric of which Dassault Aviation is a part has been patiently growing for decades, gaining and sharing knowledge, ways of working, business practices and design and production tools that are invaluable and must absolutely be protected. These competencies, which stem from the production of all the generations of aircraft since 1945, are characteristic of technological sovereignty and of growth: for example, more than 150 French SMEs have been offered development opportunities in connection with the RAFALE contract in India.
“As an industrial architect and complex systems integrator, Dassault Aviation knows it has a particular responsibility,” commented Mr Trappier. “We are proud to contribute to the development of the formidable ecosystem of defence SMEs. The clauses of the agreement we have just signed are a very appropriate continuation of the efforts made by prime manufacturers, in a more demanding economic environment than ever.”