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40th Ingénieur Général Chanson award

News International-French

2 Jul 2013

Recently at the prestigious Ecole Militaire de Paris, Karine Thoral-Pierre (CEDREM) and Jérôme Raynal (PPE) received the 40th Ingénieur Général Chanson award for their work on “high-efficiency energy-absorbing 3D composite sandwich panels”.

The award was presented by Christian Mons, President of the GICAT (the French Land Defence Manufacturers Association).

Their work provides an original solution for protecting vehicles, as well as buildings, against blasts and impacts from improvised explosive devices (IED), with a weight saving of 15 to 20% compared with the state of the art.

The Ingénieur Général Chanson award is given each year for advances the field of land armament, which have a certain amount of innovation but are also sufficiently concrete to likely result in practical applications. Winners are engineers working for the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA), military officers, engineers from the military-industrial sector or people working in research laboratories.

The French General Engineer Paul Chanson, a graduate of France's Ecole Polytechnique and a Doctor of Science, is one of the fathers of the French nuclear weapons programme.