While the large national defense groups are, for many, engaged in consolidation processes on a European scale, a large number of SMEs in the sector, ensuring a very significant share of the technological and economic output of the BITD, fear for their future. to come up. It is in this context that the deputy Didier Baichère, co-chair of the study group on the defense industry of the National Assembly, proposed the creation of a “European Task Force” intended to support French SMEs in Brussels, during European calls for tenders.
Indeed, unlike other countries, the French BITD still relies heavily on a galaxy of SMEs and mid-cap companies acting as subcontractors to large industrial groups, but independent of these same groups. In fact, these SMEs do not have the relays that the German subcontractors of Rheinmetall can boast, or the Italians of Leonardo, very often incorporated into these large groups, or sharing direct or indirect capital links. In fact, creating a state economic and commercial entity whose function would be to support these SMEs on the spot undoubtedly makes sense.
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