Established in 1923, Alkan develops and produces equipment for the defence aerospace industry.The company’s main activity is the design of complex mechanical systems and components to carry and/or eject all removable accessories for aircrafts and helicopters: fuel tanks, weapons, cameras, bouys, etc.
Alkan provides support services to its clients and end users on all of its equipment. The company generates a third of its turnover in France and two thirds overseas. The company participates in major aerospace programmes around the world and supplies equipment for more than 35 aircraft types in over 50 countries, including the United States. Its customers include the French Defence Procurement Administration and the armed forces of many foreign countries, as well as international aeronautics firms (Dassault Aviation, SAAB, Airbus, BAE Systems, Embraer, Eurocopter, Bell and Sikorsky, etc.), and leading defence system manufacturers (THALES, EADS, SAFRAN, MBDA, etc.).
Standing on its own two feet
Alkan was a subsidiary of the MBDA group (ex-Matra Défense) since 1996, however was no longer of strategic interest. The company’s unique knowledge of aeronautic structures was not being fully exploited.
Since its exit from the MBDA group, Alkan has:
- regained its commercial reactivity and autonomy, seizing previously inaccessible opportunities,
- revamped its product range, with a strengthened R&D department,
- developed a range of services for the armed forces, capitalising on its technical expertise and its understanding of customer requirements.
“Alkan has experience, skills and a worldwide reputation for masts, ejectors and releases fitted to a vast range of aircrafts and helicopters. Alkan aims to lead the consolidation of this sector.”
Armand Carlier – Chairman of Alkan