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  GROUPE GORGE company press release from 28/06/2017

  28/06/2017 - 07:00

ECA Group navalizes its aerial drone IT180 UAV


ECA Group, a subsidiary of Groupe Gorgé, is expanding the use of its IT180 (<30kg) helicopter mini-drone to maritime applications and is partnering with DCNS, which, with its naval system expertise, is contributing to the studies needed to integrate this drone on ships.

The IT180 UAV is a compact, high-performance mini-UAV VTOL, complementary to the VTOL UAVs of the higher categories, to meet specific naval missions' requirements. An initial implementation within the framework of this cooperation took place at the end of May 2017.

ECA Group participated in the second edition of “Naval Innovation Days” in Ollioules (South of France), an event organized by DCNS bringing together its customers and innovative SME / ETI partners. On the occasion of this event, DCNS wished to associate ECA Group, to the multi-drones demonstration organized by DCNS by implementing its mini-UAV VTOL IT180 as part of an interception scenario in the Toulon harbor.

In addition, ECA Group has developed many other concepts for the use of the IT180 UAV mini-drone for naval defence applications such as mine detection, radio relaying and magnetic risk management. The latter, STERNA – the solution for measuring the magnetic signature of ships based on airborne drone - was awarded at the Euronaval Tradeshow in 2016. In 2017, an Asian Navy chose this solution to equip its ships.

This IT180 UAV mini-drone navalization project is one of the latest major and innovative developments by ECA Group, which is positioning itself as the first UAV system conceptor in the sector.

ECA Group has already delivered UMIS naval systems based on surface robots (USVs), submersibles (AUV and ROV) and aerial (UAV) to several customers in 2016. UMIS (Unmanned MCM Integrated System) consisting of AUVs, USVs, ROVs integrates a complete multi-drones mission control and control system, as well as a powerful data processing suite. The performance of this UMIS system has also been successfully demonstrated during the Industry Days event organized by the Belgian Navy.

By acquiring a "navalized" IT180 UAV, ECA Group becomes the first industrial company capable of providing a complete drones system for all types of environment (air-land-sea) and have them collaborate for mine-clearance missions, counter-terrorism or surveillance.

ECA Group has developed a versatile mini helicopter drone, the IT180 UAV. This drone is easy to use, even in harsh weather conditions. With an autonomy of up to three hours giving it a range of 30 nautical, it can carry payloads up to 5kg (IR, video, PIR). This aerial drone can be used to detect floating drifting mines in front of an expeditionary naval force in transit. Connected by umbilical to the mother ship, it can be used as trans-horizon radio relay with the other aerial drones and the naval surface drones implemented by the same ship.



About Groupe Gorgé

Groupe Gorgé is an independent group that specializes in high-tech industries. Today, the Group is active in the fields of security and protection in extreme environments, as well as in the 3D printing sector. It employs around 1,700 people, is located in eight countries and directly exports around 40% of its activity. In its more than twenty-five year history, Groupe Gorgé has always developed and driven the latest technological and industrial innovations.

Smart Safety Systems: Developing complete, innovative technological solutions for complex missions in hostile and confined environments.

Protection of High-Risk Installations: Protecting people and ensuring the active and passive protection of installations for energy markets and industrial and tertiary sectors in France. Ensuring the maintenance of these protection systems.

3D Printing: Enabling major industry players to find new routes to successful innovation and production processes by providing systems, 3D printers and new premium material.

In 2016, the Group reported revenue of €281.2 million. It is backed by 1,800 employees and operations in over ten countries.

More information available on www.groupe-gorge.com



Groupe Gorgé is listed on Euronext Paris and on the US OTC market in the form of ADR.

Euronext Paris:
Compartment B.
ISIN code: FR0000062671
Ticker code: GOE
US OTC market:
CUSIP NUMBER: 399451 103
ISIN NUMBER: US3994511034
Ticker Code: GGRGY / GGRGF



Contact

Groupe Gorgé - Raphaël GORGÉ – CEO & Chairman - Tel.: +33 1 44 77 94 77 - E-mail: [email protected]

Finance News – Natacha MORANDI – Analysts/Investors Relations - Tel.: +33 1 53 67 36 94 - E-mail: [email protected]

Finance News – Jean-Michel MARMILLON – Press Relations - Tel.: +33 1 53 67 36 73 - E-mail: [email protected]

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