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.

With locations across 24 states, Safran brings world-class technologies to the U.S. market. 

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.
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Safran USA at a Glance

For nearly half a century, Safran USA has supported a U.S. customer base that includes federal, state and local governments, all branches of the armed forces, airlines, cargo carriers, and many other companies in the aerospace and defense sectors.  

Safran has established long-standing, successful and growing relationships in the U.S. market.  As a supplier of choice in the key sectors of aerospace and defense, Safran is growing American jobs and economic vitality across the country.   


$1.9 billion 
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in R&D expenditures in 2019
More than
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first patent applications
filed in 2019
Among Clarivate Analytics
Top 100
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Global Innovators
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in engines for mainline commercial aircraft with more than 100 seats (in partnership with GE)
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Worldwide in helicopter turbine engines
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Worldwide in launch vehicles
(in partnership with Airbus)
in seats for commercial airplanes
(economy class seats for twin-aisle jets)
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Worldwide in landing gear, wheels and carbon brakes
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Worldwide in aircraft electrical interconnection systems
Worldwide in oxygen systems
No. 2
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Worldwide in aircraft engine nacelles
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Worldwide in helicopter flight controls
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DOD platforms equipped by Safran
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helicopter engines
delivered to the U.S. Army
46 years
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delivering best-selling jet engine through CFM International*
*single-aisle commercial jets engines, in partnership with GE
of narrowbody galleys for BOEING 737NG aircraft
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More than 1 Million flight hours
62+ miles
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of wiring on the
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
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handheld target location
systems with the
U.S. military


Safran History

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.

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Major Programs

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. The Group also furnishes the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military-transport aircraft with their wheels ,carbon brakes, and electrical wiring harnesses.
Lakota LUH-72

Airbus NA Lakota LUH program

  • Since 2006, Safran Helicopter Engines powers the United States Army's Light Utility Helicopter UH72-A Lakota twin-engine with its Arriel 1E2. Additionally, Safran equips the aircraft with electrical wiring harnesses and a range of avionics (autopilot system, Attitude & Heading Reference System (AHRS), and a data acquisition unit).

Lockheed Martin Fighter

  • Safran Electrical & Power provides Lockheed Martin with its wiring systems on the technologically-advanced F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet.

Bell/Boeing V22 Osprey

  • Bell/Boeing V22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft is a key customer of Safran's landing gear and wiring technology.



Defense Programs

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 – This joint venture was created in 2008 to develop, produce and support engine nacelles for commercial airliners and business jets. It draws on the expertise and resources of Safran Nacelles and Middle River Aerostructure Systems (ST Engineering).

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.

The Safran Power Units  SAS plant in Toulouse is home to the corporate design, research, development, sales, production and repair departments and has twenty test benches.

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[800] 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.

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