• ECA Group was celebrating its
    80th anniversary in 2016.

    A history rich with innovation and partnerships since 1936.

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Creation of the ECA company (Etudes et Constructions Aéronautiques)
Creation of the ECA company (Etudes et Constructions Aéronautiques)
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Participation to "Arc en ciel" aircraft construction, completing the 1st Paris-Buenos Aires return flight piloted by Jean Mermoz
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...)
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 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)
Creation of PAP 104, the first underwater mine detection and destruction robot (DGA)
Design & construction of the first AUV for IFREMER: the Epaulard
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
ECA got involved in the inspection of the TITANIC wreck
The Gorgé Group (at that time known as Finuchem) becomes the majority share-holder
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)
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
Development and commercialisation of the combined A320/B737 flight simulator
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Development of autonomous surface drones and AUVs
Acquisition of ECA SINDEL (Italy) and SSI (Simulator System International) INC (USA) specialised in training simulators
Acquisition of ECA SINDEL (Italy) and SSI (Simulator System International) INC (USA) specialised in training simulators
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Development of the Cobra UGV (used by the DGA against terrorism in Afghanistan)
Development of the Cobra UGV (used by the DGA against terrorism in Afghanistan)
Participation in DGA's Espadon project for the Future Mines Countermeasures System
Participation in DGA's Espadon project for the Future Mines Countermeasures System
Acquisition of TRITON IMAGING INC
Creation of ECA Group Asia subsidiary set up in Singapore
Design of the SDV (Swimmer Delivery Vehicle): SWUV
Acquisition of INFOTRON specialized in aerial drones / UAVs
Acquisition of INFOTRON specialized in aerial drones / UAVs
Creation of ECA RSM - commercial entity dedicated to exportation
Creation of ECA RSM - commercial entity dedicated to exportation
Creation of ECA Drone - UAV Services company
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Stake held in Wandercraft & creation of ECA Dynamics, joint venture to develop Humanoid Robotics for Defence & Security
Stake held in Wandercraft & creation of ECA Dynamics, joint venture to develop Humanoid Robotics for Defence & Security
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Development of Unmanned Systems
Creation of ECA Aerospace
Creation of ECA Aerospace
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Successful Sea trials for A18D AUV for delivery this year
Successful Demonstration of Unmanned MCM UMIS System to Belgian Navy
Successful Demonstration of Unmanned MCM UMIS System to Belgian Navy
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Start of researches for IT180 UAV navalization in partnership with NAVAL Group
Start of researches for IT180 UAV navalization in partnership with NAVAL Group
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ECA Group opens ECA Middle East - New subsidiary in Abu Dhabi
ECA Group opens ECA Middle East - New subsidiary in Abu Dhabi
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