Safran in the USA|
Strong Presence in the U.S.
Safran's U.S. footprint is the largest outside of France, with extensive holdings across the country. While the Group's various affiliates and joint ventures are wide-ranging, a closer look reveals an underlying strategy of vertical integration within Safran's two key sectors – Aerospace and Defense.
Safran's U.S. industrial footprint is the Group's most extensive outside France, comprising 5,000 employees in 17 states.
Safran's U.S. holdings in the Aerospace and Defense 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 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 and defense 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 more than 20 companies and joint ventures across 17 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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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
Bell 505 Jet Ranger X
- Safran Helicopter Engines 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 Safran's excellent service and support.
- Safran Electronics & Defense 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
- Safran 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, Safran Helicopter Engines powers the United States Army's Light Utility Helicopter UH72-A Lakota twin-engine helicopters with its Arriel 1E2.
Lockheed Martin fighter
- Safran Electrical & Power 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 Safran's landing gear and wiring technology.
L-3 Integrated Optical Systems XM25
- Safran Electronics & Defense subsidiary Optics 1 (formerly Vectronix Inc.), a provider of observation and precision targeting solutions, 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.
General Electric – 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 Safran Aircraft Engines 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 Safran Aircraft Engines 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 Safran Nacelles 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 Safran Electronics & Defense jointly-owned venture, see below) is the exclusive FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control units) supplier for CFM International's next generation engine, LEAP, and GE's Passport engine.
Albany International – 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.
Dassault – 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 Safran Landing Systems. 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 – In joint partnership with Safran to produce leading-edge engine control units.
FADEC International – An equally-owned company of Safran Electronics & Defense 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 Power Units has partnered with Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., for business jet and regional APU program development. Currently, Safran Power Units 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, Safran Power Units will lead on opportunities in the business jet APU segment while Pratt & Whitney AeroPower will lead on opportunities in the regional APU segment.
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.
"Safran expects its suppliers to step up to the plate so we can better meet customers' expectations, by proposing innovative solutions that drive a continuous improvement in competitiveness.
We establish solid relations of mutual trust to support our suppliers' efforts, and also provide the resources needed to achieve industrial excellence and enhance their performance on a sustainable basis.
Along with our partners in industry, and a network of innovative small businesses and startups, Safran constantly seeks solutions that will make our supply chain even more robust, and help us shape tomorrow's aerospace industry."