ECA Group France French Defense Industry IT180 drone UAV UAS

ECA Group
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ECA Group offers a wide range of qualified and certified solutions to Air Forces around the world. Using innovative technology, ECA Group delivers test means, maintenance equipment and mission on-board equipment that can be developed to meet specific requirements. Our solutions improve Air Force maintenance operations as well as manufacturer production cycles.

ECA Group provides innovative solutions for the Air Defense industry. With an experience of over 30 years, ECA Group understands and masters challenges and constraints faced by the Defense industry.

With dedicated mechanical, electronic and software design offices, as well as a very efficient research and development department ECA Group designs and manufactures bespoke technical solutions meeting military environment technical and operational requirements.

We are keen to ensure our customers are satisfied. We fully manage our product obsolescence by mastering critical component usage and software upgrades. We also ensure technical support of our product. We have warehouses and maintenance centers in Europe, Asia and North America for better reactivity.

Our experience in management of major projects combining our experience of electronic and mechanical systems as well as our knowledge of military environment and specific requirements, give ECA Group a unique position to provide solutions and improve operations of Air Forces worldwide.
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ECA's IT180 is a family of mini-vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) designed for military and homeland security operations. The family is intended to perform missions such as intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR), search and rescue, damage assessment, port and coastal protection, force protection, battlefield management, as well as covert operations.

ECA Group delivers specific functional testing systems and is capable in particular of testing all the main systems of an aircraft (fixed and rotary wing). These testing systems are based on ECA Group T-Cell technology. T-Cells are compact and interchangeable modules that are used to test specific functions of an aircraft. T-Cells can be fitted into mobile electronic test cabinets to develop a full aircraft ground testing system. T-Cells can also be fitted in smaller cases to develop portable testing tools to test specific parts of the aircraft. These tools are rugged, mobile GSE and can be controlled with an easy-to-use HMI. They are perfectly adapted to the military environment and can be approved by the aircraft manufacturer. T-Cells are self-maintainable modules that can be replaced in less than one minute. They can be used to build compact and multifunctional tools replacing several other tools.

ECA group uses cutting edge technology to design and manufacture ground testing equipment, innovative Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and mission on-board equipment. We can also design and build aircraft assembly stations, logistics platforms and production tooling in a military environment. We design processes and procedures and make proposals to increase production cycles and improve operations. Our knowledge of civil and military assembly line production processes ensure building and station design optimization.

ECA Group develops cost effective and reliable GSE for maintenance operations and military aircraft test either for Air Forces or maintenance centers. We provide mechanical and electronics GSE. ECA Group has supplied GSE and functional testing tools to several major industry players including Airbus Helicopters and Dassault.

ECA Group designs and manufactures mission on-board equipment to interface, monitor or control specific Air Force mission equipment or aircraft system. ECA Group provides solutions to mission equipment OEMs or directly to aircraft manufacturers.


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To strengthen synergies between the different companies in the group, all of which are highly qualified and appreciated by their customers for their technological innovation. ECA Group's companies are organized in three expertize /departements: robotics, aerospace and simulation. They all offer innovative solutions in sectors of defence, maritime, aerospace, simulation, industrial equipment and energy.
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ECA Group
Z.I. Toulon Est - 262, rue des frères Lumière - 83130 La Garde - France 
Postal address: Z.I. Toulon Est B.P.242 - 83 078 Toulon Cedex 9 - France
Telephone: +33 (0)4 94 08 90 00 - Fax: +33 (0)4 94 08 90 70 
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IT180 - Mini UAV for ISTAR
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ECA Group designs and produces mini unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) dedicated to intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and recognition (ISTAR) missions. Willing to be at the cutting-edge of technology, ECA Group associates the UAV IT180-30/IT180-60 with a gyro-stabilized EO/IR video camera. This solutions provides an enhanced situational awareness for military and homeland security forces
IT180 - Tethered Mini UAV for Permanent Surveillance
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ECA Group Tethered Mini UAV for Permanent Surveillance based on UAV IT180-999, is a solution dedicated to unlimited surveillance missions. Secured by a cable, combining ground power supply and data link, and associated to a gyro stabilized camera, it is ideal for operation that requires long endurance and high detection performances.
IT180 - Tethered Mini UAV for Radio Relaying
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ECA Group Tethered Mini UAV for Radio Relaying based on UAV IT180-999, is a solution acting as a virtual mast to enhance radio communication performances. Secured by an umbilical cable, combining ground power supply and data link, the tethered UAV can be deployed in remote places, from manned or unmanned platforms. Equipped with a set of radio transmitter and receiver, it is ideal to increase communication range, especially in places where radio links are weak.
Mobile Electronic Test Cabinet
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T-CELL technology features a full range of compact electronic modules that can be fitted into various compact form factors. These 1 minute replaceable cells can be reconfigured depending on production workflow. A compact cabinet fitted with T-cells can test an entire aircraft area.
Portable Electronic Test Set
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ECA Group T-CELL technology features a full range of compact electronic modules that can be fitted into various hand-held form factors. These low power consumption cells allow us to offer battery powered compact tools. ECA Group can address a large range of portable aircraft electronic testing applications.
Flight Control Unit
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This flight control unit is an on-board equipment used by the pilot to select and control different flying modes. It has a complex electronic architecture including discrete and analog Inputs/Outputs, ARINC 429 channels, and built-in testability. This device is installed on the cockpit panel and is DAL-C compliant.
Missile Integration Tool
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With proven experience in assembly means, ECA Group is a supplier for the design and manufacture of sure tool intended to defense and security of the French territory. ECA Group has designed a “missile integration tool".