François Hollande, the President of France, today inaugurated Safran Electronics & Defense's new Research & Development center in Eragny-sur-Oise, in the Val d'Oise department north of Paris. This new facility is the leading research center in Europe for inertial navigation and tactical drones.

Joining President Hollande at the inauguration ceremony were Ross McInnes, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Safran, Philippe Petitcolin, Chief Executive Officer of Safran, and Martin Sion, Chief Executive Officer of Safran Electronics & Defense.

Safran, through Safran Electronics & Defense (formerly Sagem) kicked off this project in 2013 to consolidate all of its R&D capabilities in the Val d'Oise department concerning key technologies for France's independence: inertial navigation systems for military and civil applications, precision guidance systems, tactical information systems and long-endurance surveillance drone systems.

The Eragny site has been expanded and modernized, and now houses teams and equipment from Safran Electronics & Defense's former Argenteuil plant. The organization has also been revamped to bolster cross-disciplinary synergies. The site now counts 1,200 employees, three-quarters engineers and management, including 42 doctoral scientists and candidates.

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