Drones Hub



Since drones are becoming an integral part of our daily lives, Systematic’s Drones Hub provides services dedicated to the economic growth of drone operators, develops training courses to meet the needs of those players, and works to build strategic partnerships between them and support their development and internationalization.

The Drones’ Hub will strive to strengthen the dynamics of the Paris Region sectorial branch and accelerate its development while preserving its territorial anchorage.

To this end, it will mobilise all of its assets to fully play its role as an accelerator of innovation and economic development. It will also bring support for the creation of skilled jobs and contribute to the international reach of french pioneers in the sector.

The Drones’ Hub will manage the largest air space dedicated to drone operators in the Paris (Ile-de-France) region, as well as the administration of its building, intended to be a place of business incubation and work spaces for its members.

The Paris (Ile-de-France) region has the potential to make a major contribution to the development of the drone industry in France. Indeed, Paris Region (Ile-de-France) currently has more than 19% of registered drone operators and also has the largest numberof companies likely to use this technology.

The Drones’ Hub therefore wishes to consolidate and develop this potential to make the Paris (Ile-de-France) Region the leading region in the french drone sector. That said, its influence should not only be national. The Hub is aiming to raise its visibility internationally by increasing its members’ participation in the various worldwide calls for proposals that will help promote french innovation and know-how in the drone market.

The Drones’ Hub will benefit from the synergy of all Systematic Hubs and Stakes, which are all greatly interested in the potential of drones, and especially to give the Paris Region (Ile-de-France) sector the means to :
  • strengthen France’s capacity for innovation in UAVs, in particular through collaborative R&D projects resulting from the creation of an ecosystem of excellence in the Paris Region;
  • accelerate the transition towards industrial scale by offering an operational tool adapted to drone experiments and use cases;
  • help French drone industry champions emerge by facilitating their access to markets, particularly export markets;
  • support public authorities in the validation and certification of UAV operations and help France maintain its position as a leading aerospace nation.

  • Federate the drone ecosystem around a vision of national and European construction
  • Ensure the Hub’s leadership through promotional actions for the sector, via industry monitoring, promotion of skills and technologies, as well as animating the ecosystem through events
  • Manage the development and operational implementation of the new test centre,
  • Build a technological roadmap to bring out R&D projects and use cases (autonomous systems, cohabitation between drones and aircraft, propulsion of the future, anti-drone combat, embedded AI, 5G, etc.).
  • Support competitiveness
  • Facilitate access to funding

The Centre is located between Saint-Quentin en Yvelines (where there are two sports’ sites hosting world competitions and the site of the future 2024 Olympic Games, the “Commissariat du futur” site, and the “5G experimentation” site) and Brétigny sur Orge (requalification of the former airbase n°217, which was an objective of both the Region and the State to give it a major role in aeronautics through drones).

The initiative to create the CEDIF is supported by three main players: Thales, Eurocontrol and Systematic, with the aim of offering a complete platform to incubate, validate and industrialise all direct and indirect drone activities.

The ambition of the Centre of Excellence for Drones is threefold :

  1. Territorial ambition :
    • To bring together on this site the first players in the emerging “Drone France” sector (manufacturers, engineering, fuel incl. hydrogen, maintenance, start-ups, associations, universities, etc.),
    • To generate activity and qualified jobs,
    • To effectively address the issue of nuisance and risks.
  2. National ambition :
    • To position Paris-Region (Ile de France) as a national leader in the development of drone technologies and use cases that will be carried out by all players,
    • To support the development and integration of all technologies required for the growth of drone traffic,
    • To promote french technological know-how during the 2024 Olympic Games.
  3. Pan-European ambition ::
    • To define and harmonise procedures and regulations,
    • To implement drone standards, traffic management systems and communication and surveillance solutions that facilitate market access for the various players.

Natacha Lalanne, Coordinatrice du Hub Drones de Systematic
Natacha Lalanne,
Coordinator of the Drones Hub, is at your disposal for any information.

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Key figures

  • European drone market : + 10 billion euro/year, in nominal terms, by 2035*
  • Valuation of the European market at 400,000 drones (100,000 drones in France) by 2035*
  • Creation of nearly 100,000 jobs in Europe by 2035*
  • Release of nearly 200 million euros of public and private investment by 2035*
  • Annual growth of the professional civilian drone market : 27,2% between 2018 and 2024**

* “European Drones Outlook Study” by SESAR Joint Undertaking, Nov 2016
** SVP study, June 2020

A word from the President

Franck ERB, 

President of Systematic’s Drones Hub

The drone sector in France has experienced remarkable growth in recent years. Drones are no longer just futuristic gadgets, but essential tools for meeting 21st century challenges in areas as diverse as logistics, agriculture, security, environment and many more.

Through our collective commitment to innovation and investment in research and development, we have successfully placed Systematic at the forefront of this growing industry.

With Systematic’s drone hub, we have succeeded in creating a dynamic ecosystem that promotes the emergence of new companies, collaboration between industrial players, research institutes and universities.

The successes we have achieved so far are the fruit of our desire to push the frontiers of technology.

Our vision at Systematic is to continue to be a pioneer in this ever-evolving field. We aspire to stay at the forefront of innovation, investing in research and development to anticipate the future needs of our members and partners.

Collaboration is at the heart of our success. We believe in the strength of the ecosystem we have built, bringing together companies, universities, research institutes and government bodies.

We also want to strengthen national and international cooperation in the field of drones. By working in partnership with other countries, we will share our knowledge, harmonize standards and facilitate trade. This will open up new opportunities for our members and strengthen our position on the world stage.

Together, we will build a promising future where drones will play an essential role in our modern and sustainable society.


The President

Franck ERB

Les Vice-Présidents


Arnaud BAZIN

Drones Center

Promotion of the sector



Senior Lecturer

Technological challenges




Technological challenges



Head of System Management

European network


Abdelkrim DOUFENE

Director of Strategy and Programmes
IRT SystemX

R&D Projects



Co-Founder, Executive board member & CFO

R&D Projects


Manuel LE BAIL

Quality, Validation and Certification Director

Industrialization & major events


Pierre Vilpoux


Industrialization & major events

Members of the steering committee

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