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The global geopolitical context is currently in a very bad state. After two decades of counterterrorism, military powers are preparing for the return of inter-state ‘high intensity conflict’.

Benefiting from unprecedented budgetary efforts, the defense industry must accelerate the development of equipment programmes (air combat, naval, space and cyber, etc.) adapted to this new context.

At the same time, the sector must acquire new skills (data, robotisation, etc.) to anticipate technological breakthroughs.

Market Trends

Military DroneLearn more

Whether they are “spy”, “carrier” or combat, drones and the multitude of applications they offer are booming. Today, drones are fully integrated into military or surveillance operations. The latest technological advances enable them to operate in missions such as air combat, naval mine action, strategic intelligence and ground troop evacuation. Europe has launched a MALE military UAV program with a first delivery planned for 2025.

The military UAV market is estimated at $28 billion in R&D and $84 billion in equipment purchases over the next decade. More than 80,000 military drones will be in service in the next 10 years, according to IHS Jane’s.


  • Stay at the forefront of innovation in a highly competitive market (> 20 producing countries)
  • Ensure the control and security of drones, which are increasingly autonomous
  • Identify new applications
Export and internationalizationLearn more

The global geopolitical situation encourages the proliferation of export contracts, which are often accompanied by offsets with client countries. Industrialists are seeking to strengthen transnational synergies in order to pool R&D efforts for the development of increasingly sophisticated weapons systems.

In 2018, French arms exports are expected to exceed €10 billion. In parallel, European manufacturers are collaborating on the operational development of two strategic projects by 2030-2040: the future European battle tank (EMBT) and the future European fighter aircraft (SCAF).


  • Support industrial transfers in the client country
  • Remain agile in an international cooperation project
  • Ensure support over the entire product life cycle (modifications, logistical support, maintenance in operational condition, etc.)
Ships of the futureLearn more

In both maritime transport and military marine, the shipbuilding industry sector is strengthening the development of innovative solutions (e.g. artificial intelligence, cyber security, etc.) and digital manufacturing solutions (e.g. Industry 4.0, augmented reality, etc.). The time to market (design and construction) of a ship will be considerably reduced. The ship of tomorrow will be more interconnected and much more automated, while offering greater operational capabilities (e.g. autonomy). It will also have a better availability rate thanks to predictive maintenance, 3D printing of spare parts on board, and faster modernization operations.

Global ship order books are estimated at $180 billion in 2018, including $35 billion in Europe and $11.5 billion in France (GICAN).
With 3D printing technology, manufacturing process times can be halved and material savings can reach up to 30%.


  • Integrate industry 4.0 to find a new way to organize the means of production (collaborative PLM software platform, automation, monitoring interface, AR/VR…)
  • Master digital skills (Big Data, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, IoT network…)
  • Experiment with disruptive solutions and new services (e.g. Chatbot, autonomous ship…)


in System Engineering (functional and technological study), Hull-Structure, System installation, Embedded Software and Control-Command
IoT, Big Data-IA, VR/AR, Secure Communication, Cyber-security and Operational Security
1,300 Defence and Naval engineers operate in 17 countries to support export projects and offsets strategies

Our Success Stories

Multi-role combat aircraft: adaptation for exportLearn more

In a highly competitive environment, a major combat aircraft manufacturer has won three export contracts with countries in Asia and the Middle East successively. ALTEN accompanies the client in customising the aircraft and in supporting industrial transfers.

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Deployment of the 3DEXPERIENCE® digital platformLearn more

With its experience acquired in the aeronautics and automotive sectors, ALTEN is supporting a world leader in naval defence systems in the deployment of a collaborative software platform (Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE).
This Cloud-based tool reduces the time required to design and build a new ship, by converging methods and tools between the various sites (design office, shipyard, etc.), but also with industrial partners.

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Managing an industrial project for a submarine programmeLearn more

One of the world leaders in naval defence systems has chosen MI-GSO (a specialised ALTEN Group subsidiary) to support industrial project management on PMO business lines for the international development of a new-generation submarine programme.

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Platform & Vehicle manufacturer

Airbus Group, Leonardo, Dassault Aviation, Naval Group, Saab, Nexter…

Equipment & System supplier

Safran Group, Thales Group, MBDA…

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