GIFAS, the French aerospace industries association, is a trade organisation comprising 391 members, from major prime contractors and system suppliers to small specialist companies. They cover the full spectrum of skills from the design, development and production of aerospace systems and equipment to maintenance and operation. Activities extend from civil and military aircraft and helicopters to engines, missiles, UAV, spacecraft and launch vehicles, plus major systems, equipment, subassemblies, associated software, defence and security electronics systems. The present GIFAS chairman is Mr Eric Trappier. The GIFAS managing director is Mr Pierre BOURLOT.