By Ugo Maillard
updated on 23 Sep 22 at 17:02
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State-of-the-art technology designed in Grenoble. At the foot of the Alps, a French company manufactures drones which are used by the French army.
Unique drones found in theaters of war around the world.
EOS technology is a company launched in 2017. This French drone specialist has made a name for itself in a booming market. By developing a drone imagined on the model of a glider, EOS has won over the Defense community.
Jean-Marc Zuliani, Managing Director of EOS Technology explains that “the largest drone we manufacture has a wingspan of 12 meters and weighs 150 kilos. For comparison, other drones weigh between 500 kilos and one ton”.
The managing director mentions the specificity of the company: “Almost all drone manufacturers build airplanes. We are gliders”. A method that increases the discretion of the device during military operations.
A drone that does not kill
It is important to specify that the drones produced by EOS Technology are not sold to the general public. If Jean-Marc Zulliani reveals selling drones to the French army, he does not wish to disclose his list of customers, but confides that his products are “also sold to other armies”.
Nothing “secret”, for the general manager who reassures: “we are not yet flying in area 51”.
The machines are developed for ISR missions, reconnaissance and aerial surveillance missions. “Drones are not made to kill,” explains the aviation enthusiast.
A production in Grenoble
At the composite production plant in Grenoble alone, we expect to hire around ten people over the next two years and around twenty within five years. We have to triple this figure with our assembly plant in Bordeaux,” says Jean-Marc Zulliani.
The planned recruitments in Grenoble relate mainly to positions of composite technicians and coachbuilder painters. The Managing Director also specifies that “we intend to establish long-term partnerships with high schools and technical BTS, universities and research laboratories, in order to maintain our lead in the field of ultra-light composite aircraft.
But aeronautics and aeromodelling enthusiasts are also welcome, because beyond the diplomas and skills at a given moment, it is above all the state of mind that we favor. »
A drone for civil security?
Head in the clouds since he was eight years old, like the majority of the other EOS partners, Jean-Marc Zuliani is proud of the success of EOS Technologie: “our turnover has increased from 100,000 euros to 400,000 euros during of the first three years. We should reach 2 million euros this year”.
Looking at the horizon, the director general imagines selling drones to civil security despite “extremely restrictive regulations”.
The core business of EOS remains the Defense sector: “the founder of the company left the French army to give France an alternative to American and Israeli drones”.
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