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Safran is a world-class manufacturer of aircraft and rocket engines and propulsion systems, and aircraft equipment. The SAFRAN Group was created in 2005 through the merger of Snecma SA and Sagem. Hispano-Suiza’s engine control system operations transferred to Snecma in 2009. In July 2009, Snecma Polska becomes a subsidiary of Hispano-Suiza and is renamed Hispano-Suiza Polska. This production plant produces gears for the company’s power transmissions.

In 2011, it generated sales of 11.7 billion euros and its share was added to the French stock market index CAC 40. Safran gives customers high-technology solutions for the propulsion of airplanes, helicopters, missiles and launch vehicles, and for aircraft systems and equipment, in both the civil and military markets. Safran designs, develops, produces and supports aerospace propulsion systems and aircraft equipment, which it markets worldwide. A major player in today’s leading aerospace programs, Safran operates through a number of companies, alone or in partnership with other industry leaders.

The Safran group makes systems and equipment for inertial navigation, avionics, optronics, tactical drones and other defense applications. A recognized specialized in optronics systems and equipment, Safran develop and market gyrostabilized pods, sights, periscopes, infrared cameras, multifunction binoculars and many other leading-edge products. Safran also offers a complete range of world-class inertial navigation systems. These products are used on military transport and combat aircraft, helicopters, warships, submarines, armored vehicles and artillery systems. Safran is a top-tier supplier to armies, navies and air forces around the world. In addition, Safran offers a number of advanced solutions for the digital battlefield: soldier modernization programs, vehicle digitization (“vetronics”), encryption, communications systems, tactical drone systems, and more.

Sagem (Safran group) has developed expertise in the full range of technologies required for the development, production and integration of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV): aircraft, launch systems, gyrostabilized day/night optronic pods, mission planning, inertial navigation/flight control, and data/image transmission.

  • Snecma - One of the world’s leading aircraft and rocket engine manufacturers, Snecma designs, develops, produces and markets, alone or in partnership, engines for civil and military aircraft, launch vehicles and satellites. It also offers airlines, armed forces and other operators a complete range of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.
  • Turbomeca is the world’s leading producer of gas turbines for helicopters, offering the most comprehensive range of turbine engines. Turbomeca’s turboshaft engines power civil and military helicopters made by the world’s leading manufacturers. In addition, Turbomeca makes jet engines for airplanes and missiles.
  • Techspace Aero designs, develops and produces modules and equipment for commercial and military aircraft engines, as well as rocket engines. In addition, as Cenco International™ the company designs, installs and modernizes engine test stands. www.techspace-aero.be
  • Herakles - Solid rocket motors for launchers and missiles, energetic materials, pyrotechnic equipment, thermostructural and organic composite materials for the aerospace, defense, automotive and manufacturing industries.
  • Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. Company capabilities encompass the full life cycle of products, ranging from design and manufacture to in-service support, repair and overhaul. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is a partner to 33 leading commercial, military, business and regional airframers, and supports more than 22,000 aircraft.
  • Aircelle is a leader in the global market for commercial airplane engine nacelles. Aircelle supplies complete nacelles and composite materials for aerostructures, as well as associated support services. In particular, Aircelle is the nacelle systems integrator for both engines offered on the Airbus A380.
  • Labinal is the world leader in aircraft wiring systems, supplying all Boeing and Airbus commercial airplanes, including the latest A380 and 787 Dreamliner. It also provides wiring systems for a number of combat aircraft, including the Dassault Aviation Rafale, Boeing F-22 and Lockheed Martin F-16.
  • Hispano-Suiza is a specialist in power management and transmission. Hispano-Suiza develops innovative solutions for current and future aircraft engines, spanning power transmissions, electronic power controllers and electrical systems.

The acquisition in 2011 of SNPE Matériaux Energétiques (SME) will lead to the creation of Herakles, the world’s second largest manufacturer of solid rocket motors. Safran also added L-1 Identity Solutions, consolidating world leadership in biometric solutions and making Safran one of the top three players in the security technology market, with 1.5 billion euros in sales and over 7,000 employees. In the defense sector, Safran signed an agreement with Thales, paving the way for a restructuring of the French optronics industry to ensure its long-term viability in a globalized market. Safran also formed a joint venture with Honeywell, a world leader in aircraft equipment, to develop electric green taxiing systems. Safran formed a winning team that will offer a new technology, one that will improve airlines’ operational efficiency and ensure the sustainable development of air transport.

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