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  Communiqué de la société ECA du 30/09/2019

  30/09/2019 - 18:00

ECA GROUP awarded two new contracts for ground robots, for more than EUR 3 million - first successes for the CAMELEON LG robot in Canada and France

Toulon, September 30, 2019, 6:00 p.m.


ECA GROUP recently won two contracts to supply its new-generation ground robots, CAMELEON LG, to the Armed Forces of Canada and France.

The first contract was awarded in France as part of the SCORPION land vehicle acquisition program, which aims to modernize the capabilities of ground troops in collaborative combat. After conducting technical and operational assessments via three different bodies (DGA TT[1], STAT[2] and SIMMT[3]), the DGA (French Defense Procurement Agency) placed an order for 56 robots with NEXTER Group. As part of this order, ECA GROUP will supply 38 CAMELEON LG robots, launched in early 2019. The first batches will be delivered in June 2020, and the delivery will be completed in early 2021. This new order indicates renewed confidence following the contract of more than €30 million announced in early 2018 for the delivery of more than 50 IGUANA robots as part of the French SMINEX program (see press release dated January 10, 2018).

Over the last six years, Canada has been using the COBRA Mk2 mini ground robots produced by ECA GROUP. After assessing the technical and operational performance of several competitors, Canada also chose the CAMELEON LG for its mine-clearance missions. Alongside NEXTER, ECA GROUP will supply the Canadian Department of National Defense and the Canadian Armed Forces with nine of these unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), and four others as an option. The first delivery is scheduled for April 2020.

ECA Group is currently competing in several other calls for tender in Europe and Asia, which could represent attractive prospects for its ground robotics business.


About the CAMELEON LG robot

The CAMELEON LG is a UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) developed based on the CAMELEON platform in 2018 and marketed in early 2019. This new-generation robot benefits from ECA GROUP's more than 15 years of expertise in UGVs. It meets the new operational needs of military and security units, which require lightweight, compact and particularly resistant equipment. Lightweight (12 kg) but versatile (payload of 15 kg), the CAMELEON LG robot can be equipped with a manipulator arm (lifting capacity of 4.5 kg) or sensors (laser range finder, radiological sensor, chemical sensor, thermal camera, etc. ) to meet the needs of the mission (mine clearance, reconnaissance) with a radius of action up to 500 meters and a capacity to climb 45-degrees slopes. Resistant (IP65) to dust, water and shocks it can be thrown during its deployment to limit the vulnerability of the operator or to reach inaccessible places such as windows, balconies, low walls, terraces, caves, cliffs, etc. This resistance is also an asset during its transport, the CAMELEON LG can be loaded in all types of military vehicles without any storage box. Operational in only 3 minutes, the deployment of the CAMELEON LG is simple and fast meeting all responsiveness needs of a tactical mission.


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Third-quarter 2019 revenue: October 24, 2019 (before the stock market opening) 


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ECA Group


Recognized for its expertise in robotics, automation systems, simulation and industrial processes, the ECA Group has been developing complete, innovative technological solutions for complex missions in hostile and confined environments since 1936. Its product offering is designed for an international client base that is demanding, both in terms of safety and effectiveness. The Group's main markets are in the defense, maritime, aeronautics, simulation, industrial and energy sectors.

In 2018, the Group reported revenue of €102.1 million across its three divisions: Robotics, Aerospace and Simulation.

The ECA Group is a Groupe Gorgé company.



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[1] DGA for land-based tactics

[2] Land Forces Technical Section

[3] Integrated Structure to Maintain Ground Equipment in Operational Condition

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