DCI GROUP

DCI GROUP

DCI group is the operator of the Ministry for the Armed Forces for the transfer of French armed forces’ know-how to international partners.

We have occupied a unique position in Europe for more than 45 years. We offer our institutional and industrial partners customised solutions for all their capability development needs in response to regional and international security challenges. Our teams mainly comprise high-level experts from the French armed forces: Army, Air & Space Force, Navy, Gendarmerie and the French defence procurement agency DGA.

Our goal is to invest in modernising our resources, maintaining a standard of excellence and building the innovative services of tomorrow to satisfy our partners. DCI group operates from France in centres co-located with the armed forces, or directly in partner countries.

OUR MISSIONS

  • Supporting capability building of World armed forces and security forces

DCI group supports the capability development of international armed forces and security forces through the transfer of the French Armed Forces know-how. Our partners are seeking the “excellence” of the “French model” which has been widely demonstrated in foreign operations over the last few years. Their goal is to have well organised forces, clearly defined doctrines and concepts of operations, highly trained personnel, and fully mastered and available equipment. We operate through Direct sales with our partners or under specific Government to Government (GtoG) agreements as the key player of the French military bilateral cooperation.

We offer “tailor-made” services to meet each of these specific needs. We address all domains :

  • Land,
  • Air,
  • Naval,
  • Joint,
  • Special Forces,
  • Internal Security,
  • UAVs,
  • Cyber Defence,
  • Space.

Our experts and our resources are involved along the entire chain of capability development, force preparation and employment :

  • Academic training,
  • Operational training and simulation,
  • Provision of operational capabilities,
  • Defence & Security expertise.
  • Contributing to France’s international prestige

One of DCI group’s missions is to contribute to France’s international prestige by establishing relationships of trust with the ministries, forces and international agencies of partner countries.

DCI group contributes to the international prestige of the French armed forces and to improved interoperability with their foreign counterparts by acting as a showcase for the armed forces’ know-how and equipment.

As the trusted operator of the Ministry for the Armed Forces, DCI group expands international cooperation of the armed forces, Gendarmerie and DGA by implementing — in their name and under their supervision — all of the services required to meet all of their commitments with no negative impact on their tightly controlled human and financial resources.

  • The international partner of the French DITB

DCI group supports the French defence industrial and technological base (DITB), as well as their European partners, throughout the entire process of selling their systems and equipment abroad. DCI group operates either within the framework of government to government agreements at the initiative of France and its foreign institutional partners, or at the contractors’ request.

Our aim is also to promote long-term partnerships with industrial prime contractors and small and mediumsized companies in order to develop truly comprehensive offers. We support international industrial cooperation by transferring doctrines, concepts of operations and training syllabus similar to those of France.

DCI group also assists you in the marketing, demonstration and evaluation phases by providing the operational experts necessary for the operation and support of your equipment. In addition, DCI group provides the full spectrum of operational training, technical assistance and in-service support to ensure that end users enjoy full control and a high degree of satisfaction.

  • > 45
    partner
    countries
  • > 45
    year's experience
    in advice and support
  • > 2100
    trainees
    trained per year
  • 23
    training
    center in France
  • > 230
    million
    euros in turnover in 2020
  • 850
    worldwide
    employees

OUR HISTORY

1972 1980 1984 1990 2000 2004 2008 2015 2020 2021
1972

COFRAS IS FOUNDED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE FRENCH STATE

This is to support a contract to supply more than 300 AMX-30 main battle tanks to a country in the Middle East. COFRAS is created to train crews in handling, operational deployment and maintenance.

1980

NAVFCO IS FOUNDED

France sells four frigates and two replenishment ships to a Middle East nation, as well as operational training. NAVFCO is set up to train the crews.

1984

AIRCO IS FOUNDED

Mirage 2000s are being exported to many countries. AIRCO is created to train foreign personnel on this aircraft within the French Air Force.

1990

DESCO IS FOUNDED

DESCO is set up to bring staff from various programme control offices under one roof and to provide support for export contracts signed by the French defence and security industry.

2000

DCI GROUP IS FOUNDED

COFRAS, NAVFCO, AIRCO and DESCO are merged into DCI Group to ensure all support needs for France’s partners are covered and to develop synergies.

2004

RANGE EXTENSION TO INCLUDE THE SECURITY-DEFENCE CONTINUUM

DCI Group’s COFRAS branch expands its field of intervention to include the Security-Defence continuum in partnership with the Gendarmerie and their Special Forces branch, GIGN.

2008

HELIDAX IS FOUNDED

DCI Group is selected for the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) of the French Armed Forces Ministry as it seeks to outsource the supply of flight hours on H120 helicopters. In April 2019, HELIDAX becomes a full subsidiary of DCI Group.

2015

PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FRENCH CYBER DEFENCE COMMAND

The first partnership between DCI Group and the French Cyber Defence Command, bringing all French cyber units under the authority of the military Chief of Staff.

2020

ACQUISITION OF ATECHSYS

The French expert in smart drone solutions, ATECHSYS joins the DCI Group to develop its training, consultancy and assistance offer in this high-growth field.

2021

PARTNERSHIP WITH CTS

DCI Group and Cyber Test Systems (CTS), French specialists in Cyber Defence solutions, join forces to develop their cyber offer internationally.