4th edition of SOFINS

The fourth edition of Sofins will be held from April 2 to 4, 2019 at the Camp de Souge military base near Bordeaux.

Unique in Europe, this seminar offers an unequaled opportunity for manufacturers to meet and discuss their solutions with special forces. The mission embraced by its organizer Cercle de l’Arbalète is to raise the profile of special operations by celebrating and nurturing the innovative spirit of micro-enterprises, SMEs and large industrial groups working in this area.

This seminar is the culmination of the efforts brought to bear throughout the year by Cercle de l’Arbalète members through meetings and R&D workshops on various topics.

At Camp de Souge, meetings, presentations and product talks, R&D workshops, and dynamic tests of equipment under real and almost real operating conditions allow special forces to try out the new technologies being developed by manufacturers to meet the demands of special operations.

Sofins is a forum for exchanges about tomorrow’s technical challenges. Along these lines, Arbalète Lab, a popular feature introduced at the last edition, is being offered again at Sofins 2019. This space within the exhibition structure is reserved for the startups selected by the Cercle de l’Arbalète to present their innovations to special forces.

Key figures



  • 50 foreign SF delegations
  • Equipment tests in special areas
  • 600 B2B meetings
  • Arbalète Lab
  • Themed sessions
  • Cercle de l’Arbalète Prize

“The success of the first three editions of Sofins shows just how much the rapid evolution of threats calls for new technological solutions to meet the challenges encountered by special forces on the ground.
We rely on you and your presence to demonstrate the relevance of the solutions developed by French industry for the international special forces community. Let us all abide by the famous special forces motto, Who Dares Wins.”! »

Benoit de Saint Sernin, President of the Cercle de l’Arbalète

“We note with the greatest interest that civil-military cooperation allows us to better achieve our common goal: to be strong and ensure military success.
This partnership is important because we face enemies who know how to adapt very quickly. These enemies can easily access off-the-shelf dual-use technologies and we need to develop solutions to counter them. I am pleased that the Cercle de l’Arbalète is always on the lookout for new and emerging products and ideas on behalf of the COS, focused on finding the best approaches to meet our needs”.

Admiral Laurent Isnard, Commander of the French Special Operations Command (COS)