Interview with Jean-François Delepau CEO, LYNRED

Interview with Jean-François Delepau CEO, LYNRED

SDBR: On June 1,  you named the new company Lynred, resulting from the merger between ULIS-Sofradir: What’s behind the name?

Jean-François Delepau: Finding the name was no easy task. The new name had to unite Sofradir-ULIS. The “Red,” in Lynred, refers to our core business, infrared detection. “Lyn” is from “lynx,” an animal known for its vision, agility, and power. The Lynred logo—which incorporates the eye that was already a part of our companies’ visual identities—was designed to express precision, support, teamwork, protection, trust and vision. However, Sofradir and ULIS will live on as product brands for the time it takes our customers to adopt the new company name. Since 2012, we have played a role in consolidating infrared technology in France, including integrating the infrared technologies that had been developed by our shareholders: Safran and Thales. This means that today, Lynred possesses the whole range of infrared technologies that were developed in France. Lynred is now the world’s number-two developer of infrared technology in the two fields we serve, and we have an 18% share of the global market. The company boasts 1,000 employees, mostly based in Grenoble, and generates annual revenue of €225 million (43% on the defense market, 34% on the industrial market, 12% on the civil aeronautics and space markets, and 11% on the consumer goods market).

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To improve interconnectivity between platforms, Thales launches NEXEN

To improve interconnectivity between platforms, Thales launches NEXEN

Air combat is becoming increasingly reliant on the interconnected platforms that exchange digital data with each other. Real-time data correlation provides information superiority to the armed forces. Their missions require many means of communication to be managed without worrying about which transmission channel is to be used. Thales therefore proposes NEXEN, a secure communications server which gives pilots a reliable and simplified source of connectivity.

At the heart of aeronautical connectivity, NEXEN integrates all the functions necessary for a military aircraft to exchange data in real-time. Thanks to NEXEN, all resources can be shared; with each security level assigned its own dedicated transmission chain. With its ANSSI-certified enclosure, NEXEN guarantees not only the separation of data flows according to their level of confidentiality but also the implementation of the best cybersecurity protections. The pilot is able to manage all radios at the same time, limiting the overall workload. Mission systems are able to efficiently exchange their respective data in real-time. Therefore, this solution will allow pilots to focus better on their core mission during moments of critical decision-making.

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The return of the Greek Defence Industry Exhibition !

The return of the Greek Defence Industry Exhibition !

After of more than 10 years absence from the international defence exhibitions, Greece returns by the organization of Defence Exhibition Athens, an exhibition deserved of its reach history and the importance of its geopolitical position.

Defence Exhibition Athens (DEFEA) will take place in Athens, from 22 to 24 June 2020 at Metropolitan Expo and is under the auspices of the Ministry of National Defence/General Directorate for Defense Investments and Armaments (GDDIA). It is organised by ROTA Exhibitions with the support of the Union of Greek Manufacturers of Defence Material (SEKPY).

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