Thursday, November 30, 2023

The European Task Force to defend French Defense SMEs, a good idea?

While large national defense groups are, for many, engaged in consolidation processes on a European scale, many SMEs in the sector, ensuring a very significant part of the Defense Industry's technological and economic production, fear for their future. It is in this context that MP Didier Baichère, co-chair of the study group on the defense industry of the National Assembly, proposed the creation of a "European Task Force" intended to support French SMEs in Brussels, during European calls for tenders.

Indeed, unlike other countries, the French Defense Industry still relies heavily on a galaxy of SMEs and ETIs acting as subcontractors of large industrial groups, but independent of these same groups. In fact, these SMEs do not have the relays that the German subcontractors of Rheinmetall, or the Italians of Leonardo, can boast of, very often incorporated into these large groups, or sharing direct or indirect capital links. In fact, creating a state economic and commercial entity whose function would be to support these SMEs on site undoubtedly makes sense.

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Fabrice Wolf
Fabrice Wolf
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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