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September 18, 2019 | International, Aerospace

SECAPEM s'allie avec les Américains de Cubic pour des missions "RedAir"

Le groupe français SECAPEM créé en 1957 et la société américaine Cubic Global Defense ont signé un accord cadre de partenariat afin d'enrichir leurs offres pour l'entrainement des forces armées.

Les deux entreprises ont lié leurs expertises afin de proposer une gamme complète de solutions pour l'entrainement des forces armées. Les clients français et américains pourront ainsi bénéficier de solutions complémentaires en intégrant les systèmes d'entrainement au tir réel de SECAPEM et la capacité de travail aérien de type "RedAir" de sa filiale SDTS, couplés aux solutions de simulation développées par Cubic.

SDTS (Secapem Defence Training Solutions) est une filiale dédiée aux missions de service aérien. Elle peut déployer ses équipes et sa flotte d'avions rapides sur une large gamme de missions de travail aérien répondant aux besoins d'externalisation des prestations d'entraînement opérationnel des armées.

Les avions de SDTS seront très bientôt équipés des pods CUBIC pour réaliser des missions de RedAir avancées.

Selon SECAPEM, ce partenariat permettra "de proposer une offre globale intégrant tous les maillons de la chaine capacitaire de l'entrainement des Forces Armées tout en renforçant leurs présences respectives sur les marchés américain et français".

http://lignesdedefense.blogs.ouest-france.fr/archive/2019/09/11/secapem-20448.html

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