france Direction des Constructions Navales Services

DCNS - Naval Construction, Systems and Services

Formed in 2007 by acquistion of Thales Naval business, from Direction des Constructions Navales (DCN) which had been part-privatised by the French Government in 2003.

DCN itself had been renamed from Direction des Constructions et Armes Navales (DCAN) in 1991. It had previously been an integral part of the Marine Nationale until 1961, when it had been separated and reported to the Ministiere de Defense.

From c 1946 to the early 1970s it had a small fleet of mainly light communications aircraft, including two AB-47Gs. It ceased air operations in 2010.

It has operations around France and the globe including


DCNS and Airbus to develop TANAN ship-based UAS, 28-Oct-14 : Airbus Defence and Space and DCNS signed a cooperation agreement to develop a ship-based helicopter UAS capability.

First deck landing of NH.90 Caiman on FREMM Aquitaine, 08-Mar-12 : Having successfully conducted deck landing in January to qualify the FREMM Aquitaine flight deck for a Lynx five-tonne class helicopter, DCNS, the French Navy and the DGA organised the first deck landings of a Caiman Marine ten-tonne class helicopter on board the same frigate. As in the previous trials with the Lynx, French Navy pilots appreciated the absence of turbulence above the flight deck in all landing positions.

Lynx First Deck Landings Trials on FREMM Frigate, 20-Feb-12 : DCNS achieved formal qualification of the French Navy FREMM frigate for operations with the Lynx helicopter

Model Types

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Agusta AB47G

List of Aircraft

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AB47G 40 040 : re-serialled c , c/s F-YEEA
CAN-6 : Used from c 1946 by precursor to DCNS.

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