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Societe Nationale Industries Aerospatiale (SNIA) was formed January 1, 1970 by French government decision, as a result of merger of Sud-Aviation, Nord-Aviation, and SEREB, becoming the biggest aerospace company in Common Market on European Continent.


Concorde supersonic transport developed in cooperation with British Aircraft Corporation Ltd.; Airbus A300 in cooperaton with international partners (see European Airbus and Airbus Industrie); and Transall turboprop-powered transport with MBB and VFW-Fokker. Aerospatiale products included N262 and Fregate high-wing light transports, and Corvette turbofan-powered light transport. Light piston-engined aircraft produced through their subsidiary, Socata. Helicopter activities covered design and production of several types, with types including 5/6-seat Ecureuil, 10-seat Dauphin and Super Frelon (up to 37 seats).


Agreements with Westland in UK covered joint development and production of Puma and Gazelle helicopters and Westland-designed Lynx.


The main Aerospatiale organization then divided among Aircraft, Helicopter, Tactical Missiles, and Space and Ballistic Systems Divisions.


Eurocopter formed 1992, with Aerospatiale and Daimler-Benz Aerospace of Germany having 60% and 40% respectively of Eurocopter Holding SA, which in turn owned 75% of Eurocopter SA. Aerospatiale owns 37.9% of Airbus Industrie, and partners with Alenia of Italy in ATR.


The company was reorganized under Aerospatiale Group in 1998, with Aircraft and Space & Defense subsidiaries. Aircraft subsidiary includes Socata, Aerostructures, Aerospatiale Airbus and Aerospatiale ATR.


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