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As a leading supplier to the global defense sector, Safran is helping America’s armed forces and those of allied nations around the world meet their missions with a wide range of advanced technologies – many of which are produced and supported by Safran businesses in the United States.
Turbocharging helicopters and aerial targets
Through its Turbomeca operation, Safran provides turbine turboshaft engines used on military helicopters that include the U.S. Army’s UH-72A Lakota and H-65 Dolphin of the U.S. Coast Guard. Turbine blades, rotating parts and fabricated parts for Turbomeca engines also are built at a production facility in Monroe, North Carolina. Microturbo Inc. produces and maintains TR60-5 turbojet engines for the U.S. Army’s and U.S. Navy’s BQM167 aerial targets, having delivered more than 1,000 such powerplants.
In the U.S., Safran landing systems – including wheels and brakes – are manufactured by the company’s Messier-Bugatti-Dowty unit. Its equipment is used on many operational U.S. military aircraft, including the F/A-18 fighter, C-17 airlifter, KC-135 aerial tanker and the tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey. Safran also provides wiring solutions for a variety of American combat aircraft (Boeing F-22, Lockheed Martin F-16, KC-135R aerial tanker, V-22 and more) through its Labinal Power Systems operating unit.
Equipping military aircraft from ground to air
Tailoring solutions to specific mission requirements
In addition, avionics systems and equipment from Safran are in service with armed forces all over the world, from autopilots and flight controls to inertial navigation and data systems that are tailored to the specific mission requirements of military aircraft. This activity is handled by Texas-based Sagem Avionics Inc. – a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Safran company Sagem.
Other Safran capabilities for the U.S. defense market such as Vectronix Inc., which supplies observation and location solutions for customers that include the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy and Air Force; and Morpho Detection, a leading supplier of detection systems for explosives, narcotics and chemical, radiological, and nuclear material.
Vectronix Inc. is a leader in the development of hand-held units and systems that provide accurate, field-proven observation and precision targeting. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Swiss company Vectronix AG., and part of Safran company Sagem.
Optics 1, Inc. designs, produces, and supports precision optical assemblies, subsystems, and integrated systems for leading global tech customers. Its core competencies are precision electro-optics, multi-band sensor implementations, low SWAP design and long-range viewing. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Vectronix Inc.
Sagem Avionics, Inc. delivers high quality aircraft electronics, that are in action with armed forces all over the world. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Safran company Sagem.
Turbomeca USA, Inc. is the U.S. operating site of Turbomeca, S.A. – the largest solely dedicated helicopter engine manufacturer in the world. Established in 1980, to support a growing customer base in the United States, Turbomeca USA, Inc. was the first of 15 global sites within the Turbomeca network. Today, more than 2300 engines are flying in the United States by approximately 400 operators including, Corporate, Emergency Medical Services, Tourism, Law Enforcement, Offshore, Utility and government agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army, Customs and Border Patrol and FBI.