Participation to "Arc en ciel" aircraft construction, completing the 1st Paris-Buenos Aires return flight piloted by Jean Mermoz
More than 30 patents for the creation of aeronautics components, e.g. the "Autoptère" automatic control surface
First project in the Maritime sector, entitled "air torpedo with automatic pilot and remote control"
Development of the Aeronautics, Naval Defence and Simulation construction workshop
500 machines built, forerunners of remote-controlled & radio-guided missiles (ECA 27, ECA 20, ECA 57...) for major customers (Marcel DASSAULT, MATRA, STAé...)
100 invention patents filed
Design of new components for the French Navy (steering simulator & longitudinal manoeuvring console for submarines...)
ECA made its entrance in the nuclear program developed by the French president, General Charles de Gaulle.
ECA was charged to develop a 1:10-scale model of a ballistic missile submarine to test hydrodynamic shapes. Testing took place near St. Tropez (France) & ECA set up an office in a country house in Ramatuelle for these activities.
Creation of ECA Sud-Est for robotics developments that would come to fruition in the next decade
Numerous components & systems for underwater applications: PAP 104, EPAULARD, POPE, MARLIN, SAR...
Remote-controlled underwater vehicles: mass-production of more than 300 vehicles of 10 different types
Industrial robotics (PEUGEOT, SNIAS)
Robotics systems for the offshore oil industry (ELF AQUITAINE, TOTAL)
Creation of PAP 104, the first underwater mine detection and destruction robot (DGA)
Design & construction of the first AUV for IFREMER: the Epaulard
Creation of an English subsidiary, CSIP, and first sales of PAP MK5 on the international market, to the British navy (1983), Japanese navy (1996), Turkish navy (1998), etc.
ECA got involved in the inspection of the TITANIC wreck
The Gorgé Group (at that time known as Finuchem) becomes the majority share-holder
Acquisition of HYTEC, and MATRA's Systems and Information business
Design of the first flexible assembly lines dedicated to the A340 (AIRBUS), then the A380 (2001)
Development of PAP Mk6
Development of K-STER robot (mine killer)
Development of the ALISTAR 3000 AUV, urban combat robots (MiniROC /DGA) and the H1000 work class ROV (French navy)
ECA is listed on the Euronext secondary market
AUV partnership agreement between THALES and ECA
Nuclear decommissioning for FRAMATOME
Acquisition of ECA FAROS, the terrestrial division of CYBERNETIX (Saclay), of ELECTRONATEC renamed ECA EN, of ECA CNAi and ECA SINTERS
Development and commercialisation of the combined A320/B737 flight simulator