French defense industries

Thomson SA – 100% French Government owned

Thales [formerly Thomson-CSF] – 31.8% French Government, with 9.7% to Alcatel, 5.6% Dassault Aviation, 46% stock exchange, 2.2% held by employees

  • 4.25% Indra SA (Spain) [defence electronics]
  • 60% Air Sys ATM (France) [aircraft subsystems]
  • 50% Thomson-DASA Armement SA (France/Germany) (possibly reducing to 30%) [armaments/ammunition]
  • 33% Elettronica SpA (Italy) [defence electronics]
  • 50% Samsung Thales (France/South Korea) [defence electronics]
  • 99% Thales Nederland (Signaal) (Netherlands) – 1% is held by Netherlands Government – [naval/defence electronics]
    • 50% ET Marinesysteme (Germany/Netherlands)
  • 33.3% Edisoft (Portugal) [defence electronics]
  • 100% Thales Underwater Systems (France/UK) [sonar] (soon to rise to 100%)
  • 49% Diehl Avionik Systeme (Germany) [defence electronics]
  • 50% ADI Ltd (Australia) [defence/naval electronics] (Thales seeking Australian government permission to buy 100% holding)
  • 100% Avimo Group (Singapore/UK) [electro-optics and engineering]
  • 5.67% Embraer (Brazil) [aircraft prime contractor]
  • 51% B/E Aerospace (US) [aircraft components]
  • 100%Orbital Sciences (US) GPS [equipment and services]
  • 100% Thales Defence (UK/France) [defense/electronics/naval/radar/optronics/missiles]
  • 49% SFCS (France) [prime contractor for the combat systems for the three Sawari II frigates ordered by Saudi Arabia]
  • 50% UDS International (France) [develop and market submarine combat systems worldwide]
  • 100% African Defense Systems (South Africa)
  • 30%TCAS Joint venture (France/USA) [aircraft collision avoidance with L-3 Communications]
  • 50% Air Command Systems International (ACSI), [France/USA] with Raytheon to provide Air Command and Control to NATO
  • 50% Florako, joint venture with Raytheon [France/USA] encompassing air defense/command and control centers and ground-based air surveillance and weapons-locating radars. Awaiting US and French regulatory approval as of early 2002
  • 45% Helisim (France) [helicopter training services]
  • 50% Aramis (France) with DCN
  • 50% TRS (Ireland) with Raytheon

Legardere SCA(France) – 2.5% GEC (UK) and 2.5% DASA (Germany), 37% EADS

  • 100% Matra Defence Equipment and Systems (France)

Dassault Industries SA (France) – Split 50:50 between Dassault Defense and Dassault Falcon. 49.5% Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault, 46.5% Aerospatiale-Matra, 4% publicly quoted [military aircraft prime contractor]

  • 50% European Aerosystems Ltd (UK/France) [future aircraft technology research]
  • 5.8% Thales [formerly] Thomson-CSF
  • 5.67% Embraer (Brazil) [aircraft prime contractor]
  • 52.9% SABCA (Belgium) [aircraft assembly and aerostructures]
  • 100% Sogitec (France) [simulation]

Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault (GIMP) (France) Created 11/99 through merger of Dassault Industries SA and Financiere et Immobiliere Marcel Dassault (FIMD)

  • 100% Dassault Investissements
  • 100% Dassault Defence [military aircraft]
  • 100% Dassault Falcon Jet (France) [business aircraft]
  • 35% Dassault Systems [defence electronics]

Alcatel SA (France) – 100% Alcatel Space [military satellites/space] (brings together space arms of Dassault Industries, Cegelec, Alcatel and former space division of Aerospatiale)

  • 9.7% Thales (formerly Thomson-CSF)

SNECMA Group – 97.2% French Government owned (35% to be floated)

  • 90% SNECMA [aero engines]
    • 50% CFM International (France/US with GE) [aero engines]
    • 50% Techspace Aero (France, US with Pratt & Whitney and Walloon Govt) [maintenance]
  • 100% Societe Europeene de Propulsion (SEP) (France) [space boosters]
  • 100% Hurel-Hispano [nacel systems]
  • 100% Hispano-Suiza (France) [aero engines]
    • 54% Hurel-Dubois (France)
  • 100% Sochata (France) [aero engines services]
  • 100% Messier-Dowty (France) [landing gear]
  • 50% Messier-Bugatti (France) [brakes, hydraulics, wheels]
  • 54% Hurel-Dubois (France) [nacel systems]
  • 2.9% Embraer (Brazil) [aircraft prime contractor]
  • 49.35% Labinal SA (France) [aero engines]
  • 100% Turbomeca SA (France) [aero engines]
    • 51% Airmotive (South Africa) [aero engines]
    • 50% Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Ltd (France/UK) [aero engines]
    • 33% MTR GmbH (Germany) [aero engines]

GROUPE SNPE – 99.7% French Government owned [defence and chemistry]

  • 100% SNPE Explosives and Propellants (France)
    • 100% PB Clermont (Belgium)
  • 100% SNPE Propulsion (France)
    • 80.5% STRUCTIL (France) [composite materials]
    • 85% PYROALLIANCE (France) [pyromechanisms]
  • 50% CELERG [rocket motors]
  • 60% EURENCO (France, Sweden, Finland) [explosives]

Direction des Constructions Navales (DCN) – 100% owned by the French State – [submarines, conventional and nuclear warship prime contractor]

  • 51% SFCS (France) [prime contractor for the combat systems for the three Sawari II frigates ordered by Saudi Arabia]
  • 50% UDS International (France) [develop and market submarine combat systems worldwide]
  • 50% Aramis (France) with Thales

GIAT Industries – owned by the French State – [armoured vehicle prime contractor, armaments and ammunition]

  • 50% CTA International (France/UK) [cased telescoped weapon system]
  • 33% RGR Armement GmBH (Germany) [ammunition]
  • Proposed 40% Thomson-DASA Armements (TDA) (France/Germany) [armaments/ammunition]

CMN (France) [small warships]

  • 100% CMN Support Services Ltd (UK)

Panhard et Lavassor SA (France) [armoured vehicle prime contractor] to partner with GIAT

Renault V.I. (France) [light armoured vehicle prime contractor]

SAGEM (France) [defence electronics]

  • 97% SFIM (France) [defence electronics/AFV upgrades]

CNIM (France) [bridges]

CAC Systemes (France) [UAVs] (55% EADS)

Defense Conseil International (France)

  • 10% Helisim (France) [helicopter training services]

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