From Satory to Eurosatory: Satory of a unique adventure
Every year, equipment currently in use or under test were presented by the French “Section Technique de l’Armée de Terre” (STAT) on the military camp of Satory, close to Versailles (France). A presentation day was dedicated to foreign military attachés appointed in Paris.
- 1967 : Satory I, initiative of the DGA and SOFMA
The French Defence procurement agency (DGA) and the French company for armament equipment (SOFMA) initiated an exhibition with army equipment. They chose the military camp of Satory, close to Versailles. Satory I was from the outset a success and from this first edition, media echoed the exhibition, showing an interest that will increase edition after edition. During three days, the exhibition gathered around thirty manufacturers.
- From Satory II to Satory XIII (1969-1991) : the wooded site of an historic military camp
In 1969, during the second edition, the success was confirmed and installations got better, with an entrance pavilion and a little tribune for the first live demonstrations.
During 26 years, every two years, the successive Satory took place on the same place and improved its layout at each edition.
- An unavoidable opening towards international markets
From the beginning of the nineties, Satory opened towards international markets. It also marked the end of the exhibition in the Satory camp in Versailles, which was now too small.
In 1991, the organisation of the exhibition was entrusted to GICAT, the French land and airland Defence and Security industry association.
In 1992, the exhibition moved to Le Bourget and became Eurosatory, “European exhibition for land Defence equipment”. COGES, a GICAT subsidiary, was created and designated as responsible of this event organisation.
In 1994, North-Americans exhibitors joined the show beside those from the Western European Union (UEO) and the European Free Trade Association (AELE) and confirmed the international dimension of Eurosatory.
- Eurosatory expanded and increased professionalism by moving to Villepinte
In 2000, Eurosatory became the « land and airland defence international exhibition”. Building on its success and in order to keep its quality requirements, Eurosatory moved to the Paris-Nord Villepinte Parc des Expositions in 2002.
So far dedicated to land and airland equipment, on manufacturers request and due to the technology continuum between defence and security industries, Eurosatory became in 2008 the “Land and Airland Defence and Security international exhibition”. Edition after edition, Eurosatory developed its know-how and confirmed its leading position.
In 2016, Eurosatory is designated as “the land and airland solution”.