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Bruno Sainjon
Chairman and CEO of ONERA










2014 has been a year of contrasts for ONERA, combining scientific excellence, as shown by concrete results, and budget difficulties.

Strong economic difficulties related to the continuous and simultaneous reduction in the grant and state contracts awarded to ONERA added to the ever pervading emotions caused by the death in 2013 of the President and Scientific Director General, and the long duration of interims.

ONERA’s success at the European level and with the industrialists, in particular in terms of valorization, and the additional management efforts made were not able to compensate for these reductions, leading to a severe deficit in the 2014 fiscal year.

However, as you will be able to see in the pages that follow, the awards won and the world firsts achieved in 2014 reveal both world-class scientific excellence and the force of ONERA’s main asset, which are the women and men who work here.

Our aeronautical, space and defense industry is now the primary industrial force in our country and the primary contributor to our trade balance. It also contributes greatly to the success of Europe in the fields where the competition is the strongest worldwide. This success is due to high performance programs, conducted with the best technologies. These technologies are the product of our scientific excellence, ONERA being the main player in this aerospace and defense sector in France, ever since its creation in 1946.

There would be no programs without technology; but without research, there would be no technology. It is essential to ensure it and to develop great ambitions if we are to continue to lead the race in fifteen years and beyond, which is when there is likely to be a major breakthrough in the field of aeronautics, both civil and military.

Upon reading this document you will see that the purpose of the research conducted by ONERA is to be used by industry, a great main contractor, but also by SMEs, and that it is aimed at achieving the primacy of our technologies and the success of our programs.