At Euronaval 2014, MBDA launched “Club Corsaire”, a loose grouping of companies aimed at combining the efforts of European concerns, particularly SMEs and Mid-sized Businesses, active in the maritime security market. The idea of forming a club is to help improve the commercial strength of its members in the export market. Potential members will range from equipment suppliers right through to naval shipyards.
From the protection of harbour infrastructures, the fight against piracy right up to the defence of offshore platforms, the maritime security market is vast, complex and forever evolving in the face of new global geopolitical tensions and threats.
As a major partner of the world’s navies for more than 40 years, MBDA has reinforced its offer regarding defence and maritime security systems – missile systems, C2 (CWSP/Sea Ranger), coastal batteries – to best meet the requirements expressed by its export customers.
Through “Club Corsaire”, MBDA propose a framework within which equipment suppliers and prime contractors in this market can exchange commercial and marketing information in order to better organise and coordinate their export activities. The Club is also intended to allow equipment suppliers (particularly SMEs and Mid-sized Businesses) to promote their activities amongst naval shipyards and major prime contractors thereby developing synergies for export.
Commenting on the creation of “Club Corsaire”, Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA said: “With this initiative we are hoping to support the European industrial structure involved in the maritime security business, a sector in which MBDA has established itself as a benchmark”.