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Aeronautics & Defense

As the #1 aeronautics region in France, Paris Region offers many business opportunities for aeronautics and defense companies looking to expand.  
The Region is a world-leading region in fields such as engines, embedded systems, avionics, drones and business jets.
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Romain Erny

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Paris Region is a great place to develop our business due to the access it provides to the Space ecosystem –both from a commercial and a governmental standpoint. There are also several grants available to young companies. - Neha Satak, CEO, Astrome

1 st
Aeronautics Region in France
43 %
of the French R&D Expenses for Aeronautics are Made in Paris Region

 

 

A Leading Airport Hub 

Paris Region is the leading continental European airport hub. There is one military air base, two international airports (Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly airports), Le Bourget Airport, which is Europe’s top business airport, and 26 other airfields. 
Paris Region has a high concentration of industrial-type heavy maintenance activities on and around its platforms generated by airlines and equipment suppliers.  

 

A Strong Defense Industry 

Paris Region is home to major national decision-making centers such as the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA), which draws up the weapons programs, and the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC), which develops civil aviation research programs for the coming 10 to 15 years. 

 

Urban Air Mobility 

Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is one of the  newest upcoming innovations in the greater Paris metropolitan aera. UAM technologies are rapidly improving and many opportunities and use cases are emerging in the Region. Therefore, we are currently building a strategy for UAM in Paris Region with different players among the mobility and aviation ecosystem. One of our main targets is the summer of 2024, when Paris will be hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

 

Ecosystem 

Paris Region is also the largest cluster for Aviation & Aerospace in Europe with more than 2,000 business sites and 100,000+ jobs in this industry.  

 

Major Industrial Groups Are Located in Paris Region

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space, and related services. Airbus has a site in Elancourt dedicated to Defense and Space, and a helicopter blade factory in Dugny. Learn More

Safran group is particularly prominent in Paris Region with 20,000 staff members dispatched overaround 20 sites. This includes the Group’s Paris head office, the headquarters of several business units, R&D centers, such as the new Safran Tech sites in the Saclay (91) area and on the Buchet (95) focused directly on composites and large-scale production activities. Learn More. 

Thales is the other aeronautics champion in the Region, with nearly 14,000 workers for its aeronautical activities, spread over almost 25 sites, including the group headquarters in La Défense. Thales specializes in the design and production of navigation guidance systems, solutions, avionics, communication systems, airborne equipment, optronics… Learn More. 

Dassault Aviation employs 4,500 people in Paris Region, mostly at its headquarters and R&D center where the group’s fighter aircrafts, business jets and drones are designed. Dassault Aviation also owns a factory in Argenteuil (93), which builds and develops the fuselages for military aircrafts (Rafale) and civil aircrafts (Falcon). Learn More

MBDA, a joint venture between the Airbus group, the British BAE Systems and the Italian Leonardo company, is the world leader in the design of missiles and missile systems. Based in Plessis-Robinson (92), the head office of the company, brings together 2,700 employees. Learn More

 

High-Tech R&D Laboratories

ONERA - Created 70 years ago, the French Aeronautics, Space and Defense Research Lab contributes to advances in aeronautics, space and defense by conducting world-class research, achieving world firsts, and developing current technology on the majority of industrial platforms and products of this sector, in France and in Europe. Learn More

CEA - The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission is a key player in research, development and innovation and is active in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. CEA has an important R&D site in Saclay for military research. Learn More

 

World-Renowned Universities and Engineering Schools

Centrale Supelec is an internationally reputed Higher Education and Research Institution from the Paris Saclay University. Learn More

IPSA is a private engineering school created in 1961. IPSA trains engineers specialized in aeronautical and space systems for 5 years. Learn More

 

A Unique Startup Accelerator

Starburst Aerospace is an innovation catalyst in the aerospace industry. The Starburst program helps startups scale their business in aerospace, aviation and defense with access to the largest group of corporate stakeholders to help startups win their first $1M+ contract. Learn More

Download our guide to find the right accelerator for your company in Paris Region.

 

A Dedicated Cluster for Aeronautics and Defense  

The aim of the ASTech Paris Region competitiveness cluster is to increase the positions of European industry market leaders in the aerospace launch, business aviation, propulsion and equipment industries in Paris Region through innovation. Learn More

 

Aeronautics & Defense Events in Paris Region 

International Paris Air Show, Paris Le Bourget, June – In 2019 the show welcomed more than 316,000 visitors and 2,450 exhibitors from 49 countries. It also attracted 304 official delegations coming from 98 countries.  

In 2021, for its 54th edition, the Show will take place at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions from June 21 to 27, 2021, and once again will bring together all the players in this global industry around the latest technological innovations. Learn More

 

Ready-to-Use Industrial Sites in Paris Region

Find the perfect industrial site for your activities in Paris Region. Our comprehensive guide is the easiest way to learn about the 26 main industrial sites readily available for you to kick-start your activities in the #1 economic region in Europe.