Safran USA at a Glance
For over 40 years, Safran USA has supported a U.S. customer base that includes the federal government, branches of the American military, private sector companies and more in the aerospace, defense and security sectors.
Safran’s U.S. industrial footprint is the Group’s most extensive outside France. It has expanded by 50% over the last ten years and comprises 30 companies and joint ventures, with 58 locations across 22 states. Safran USA accounts for about 25% of the Group’s total revenues. Safran is committed to further expanding its footprint over the long term with new production units, joint ventures and subsidiaries, as well as through the acquisition of local companies.
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Strong Presence in the U.S.
Safran’s US footprint is the largest outside of France, with extensive holdings across the country. While the 30 companies and joint ventures are wide-ranging, a closer look reveals an underlying strategy of vertical integration within Safran’s 3 key sectors of Aviation, Defense and Security.
Safran’s U.S. industrial footprint is the Group’s most extensive outside France, comprising 7,000 employees working in 30 companies and joint ventures in 58 locations across 22 states.
Safran’s US holdings in the Aviation, Defense and Security sectors include
- company headquarters,
- system research, design and development facilities,
- state-of-the-art manufacturing and production plants,
- testing facilities,
- support and service centers providing repair, overhaul and after-sales-service operations.
Safran has operated successfully in the U.S. for more than four decades, developing a variety of advanced technologies and products that save lives, enhance national security and improve performance. Leading-edge Safran solutions supply customers like federal, state and local governments, the armed forces, commercial airlines and other private businesses. Today, Safran is continuing to expand in the United States’ aerospace, defense, and security sectors by establishing new production sites, acquiring key assets, and creating mutually-beneficial joint ventures.
Helping clients achieve 21st century objectives
Safran programs aim to develop high-technology products and services that help clients meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. Whether for government and the military, or airlines and other private companies, Safran programs initiated today will make a difference tomorrow.
Commercial Aviation Programs
Boeing 737 MAX
- In 2011, Boeing selected the LEAP-1B as the single-source engine for its new 737 MAX family. The LEAP, manufactured by CFM International (a 50/50 Joint Company between Snecma (Safran) & GE) is designed to bring major improvements in fuel efficiency, emissions and noise, while maintaining the reliability and low cost of its predecessor, the CFM56 engine family.
- Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran) will supply wheels and exclusive carbon brakes for all models of the Boeing 737 MAX (737 MAX 7, 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9.
- Snecma (Safran) manufactures fan blades and cases for the LEAP using a proprietary 3D woven composite material at its plant in Rochester, New Hampshire.
- A long-standing supplier of Boeing, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty provides wheels and carbon brakes for the 787 Dreamliner program (the world’s first electric brakes on a commercial jet). The company is equally responsible for the design, testing, manufacturing and support of the Boeing 787 main and nose landing gear. Final assembly takes place at Messier-Bugatti-Dowty’s facility in Everett, Washington.
- Wiring and power for this program comes from Safran Labinal Power Systems. Boeing is also their largest commercial customer: Labinal Power Systems support multiple Boeing platforms, to include the 777, 767, 747, 737 and 757.
Bell 505 Jet Ranger X
- Turbomeca (Safran) powers Bell Helicopter’s new short, light single engine helicopter – the Jet Ranger X - with its Arrius 2R engine. The Arrius 2R delivers performance, power and proven reliability, with 3,000 hours time between overhaul as well as Turbomeca’s excellent service and support.
- Sagem Avionics (Safran) provides the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X with trim actuators. The last link in the flight control system chain, actuators process the autopilot computer data to ensure the guidance functions, while acting on the helicopter flight controls.
Aviation - Military Programs
Boeing military aircraft
- Messier-Bugatti-Dowty supplies landing gear for Boeing’s military aircraft programs such as the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet strike fighter. They also furnish the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military-transport aircraft with their wheels and carbon brakes.
Airbus NA Lakota LUH program
- Since 2006, Turbomeca powers the United States Army’s Light Utility Helicopter UH72-A Lakota twin-engine helicopters with Turbomeca’s Arriel 1E2.
Lockheed Martin fighter
- Labinal Power Systems (Safran) provides Lockheed Martin with its wiring systems on the technologically-advanced F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters.
Bell/Boeing V22 Osprey
- Bell/Boeing V22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft is a key customer of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty landing gear and Labinal Power Systems wiring technology.
FBI Next Generation Identification (NGI) System
- MorphoTrak (Safran) software, developed in collaboration with Lockheed Martin and the FBI, helps solve crimes by seriously improving the volume, speed, and accuracy of matching crime-scene prints against the FBI’s database.
Identity Solutions for Motor Vehicle Agencies
- MorphoTrust USA (Safran) offers comprehensive motor vehicle agency (MVA) solutions that produce secure driver licenses and IDs. The company is the preferred partner for 40 states
MorphoTrust USA (Safran) is the authorized enrollment provider for the TSA Pre✓™ application program under its Universal Enrollment Services contract with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). This program allows low-risk travelers to experience faster and more efficient security screening at participating U.S. airports.
Checked baggage screening
Morpho Detection (Safran) was awarded a contract valued at approximately $10 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) for the development of a next-generation checked baggage explosives detection system (EDS). Based on X-ray diffraction (XRD) technology, the EDS will give airports the detection and operational capabilities needed to meet emerging threats while accommodating anticipated growth. This contract expands Morpho Detection’s decades-long work with the U.S. government to develop checked baggage EDS.
L-3 Integrated Optical Systems XM25
- Ashburn, VA’s Vectronix Inc. (an observation and precision targeting solutions company that’s part of Sagem (Safran) will supply its new state-of-the-art Laser Range Finder (LRF) module to L-3 Integrated Optical Systems. The range finder is integrated into the XM25 Integrated Semi-Automatic Airburst Target Acquisition/Fire Control System (XM25 ISAAS TA/FCS) that gives U.S. soldiers an unmatched combat advantage.
The long-running partnership with American conglomerate General Electric is a cornerstone of Safran’s U.S. operations. The two engineering giants share a number of joint ventures:
CFM International – This benchmark joint venture was created between Snecma (Safran) and GE in 1974 to develop and market the CFM56 turbofan engine for single-aisle commercial jets. CFM International is currently preparing its successor, the LEAP engine. The result of an ambitious development program to design the “engine of the future,” LEAP integrates innovations that reduce noise levels and fuel consumption. The LEAP will power three major next-generation single-aisle aircraft: Boeing’s 737 MAX, Airbus’ A320neo and the Chinese Comac’s C-919. Snecma is also partner to GE Aviation on several larger turbofans, the CF6, GE90 and GP7200.
CFAN - An equally owned subsidiary of Snecma (Safran) and GE, CFAN is located in San Marcos, Texas. It produces jet engine fan blades using a carbon-based composite material.
Nexcelle - GE Aviation and Safran created this market-leading joint venture in 2008 to develop, produce and support engine nacelles for future single-aisle commercial jets. The venture draws on the expertise and resources of Aircelle (Safran) and Middle River Aircraft Systems (GE).
PTI - Propulsion Technologies International provides repair and overhaul services for the CFM56 and Arriel families of engines, GE CF6, and other engines and components.
FADEC Alliance – GE and FADEC International (a BAE Systems and Sagem jointly-owned venture, see below) will be the exclusive FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control units) supplier for CFM International’s next generation engine, LEAP, and GE’s Passport engine.
Safran sees its partnership with Honeywell as a brilliant opportunity to create the energy-efficient aerospace technology of the future.
EGTS - A joint venture created in 2011 with Safran to develop, produce and market EGTS – its Electric Green Taxiing System. EGTS improves on-the-ground operations for aircraft, thereby saving fuel, halving emissions and improving safety for ground personnel.
Safran’s longstanding partnership with Albany International is constantly evolving. Worldwide collaboration began in 2000 as a joint research and development project, and is now a unique partnership.
Safran Aerospace Composites - In the U.S., SAC and Albany Engineered Composites have created a new facility in New Hampshire to produce 3D woven carbon fiber composite parts for CFM International’s LEAP engine. The high-technology material and process create parts that deliver higher fuel efficiency and extreme durability.
Safran works in partnership with Dassault to provide aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.
A-PRO - Aero Precision Repair and Overhaul Co., Inc. is a joint venture between Dassault Falcon and Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran). A-PRO’s MRO expertise covers landing gear, hydraulic components, and accessory units for business, commuter and military aircraft. Among them are Falcon jets and ATR, Dornier, and Embraer regional aircraft.
BAE Systems North America is in joint partnership with Safran to produce leading-edge engine control units.
FADEC International – An equally-owned company of Sagem (Safran) and BAE Systems Controls. FADEC, or Full Authority Digital Engine Control units deliver reliability, safety and high-performance for airplane engines. Designed to operate in harsh environments, FADECs currently equip over 10,000 commercial planes and total more than 200 million flight hours.
Pratt & Whitney AeroPower
Safran subsidiary Microturbo has partnered with Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., for business jet and regional APU program development. Currently, Microturbo assumes full responsibility for the design, production, product support and service of the APS2 and APS500[D] APU programs for Bombardier and Dassault Aviation. In the future, Microturbo will lead on opportunities in the business jet APU segment while Pratt & Whitney AeroPower will lead on opportunities in the regional APU segment.
Safran Suppliers: meaningful relationships in a changing world
Safran works diligently to build long-term, mutually rewarding relationships with suppliers that meet our performance expectations and share our ethics by ensuring corporate responsibility at every link in the supply chain.
Safran is proud of its relations with valued suppliers, operating under the premise that solid, long-term relationships benefit all stakeholders, and are a key component of Safran’s success. Suppliers are selected on the basis of objective criteria, following transparent and well-documented procedures. They then work closely with Safran to ensure customer requirements are not only met, but exceeded. In a business where our performance affects lives, we expect nothing less than excellence from our partners.
If your company shares Safran’s values and drive for excellence, we’d love to hear from you.
Shared values help build a positive future
Safran suppliers share our values of integrity, fair competition, transparency and sustainable development. Safran USA, its employees and its suppliers around the world must uphold and apply all employment laws, regulations and policies. With zero-tolerance for corruption benefiting the private or public sector, practices such as third-party bribes and child or forced labor are not tolerated. Fair competition laws also prohibit practices that alter competition, such as price fixing. And all parties are expected to exercise good judgment with business courtesies like gifts and hospitality.