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 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 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.


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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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Global Innovators
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Worldwide in engines for mailine 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 cryogenic rocket engines and solid propulsion
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Worldwide in military aircraft engines
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Worldwide in helicopter flight controls
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Worldwide in automated identification systems
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Worldwide in computed-tomography
explosives detection systems (EDS) for checked baggage



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

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 Safran Aircraft Engines & 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.
  • Safran Landing Systems 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.
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  • Safran Aircraft Engines manufactures fan blades and cases for the LEAP using a proprietary 3D woven composite material at its plant in Rochester, New Hampshire.


Activities of Safran Landing Systems Kentucky include production and refurbishment of carbon brake disks, as well as production of wheels and brakes for civil and military customers in the Americas.



Boeing 787

  • A long-standing supplier of Boeing, Safran Landing Systems 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 Safran's facility in Everett, Washington.
  • Wiring and power for this program come from Safran Electrical & Power. Boeing is also their largest commercial customer: Safran supports multiple Boeing platforms, to include the 777, 767, 747, 737 and 757.


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.
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 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.



Security Programs

Automated Fingerprint Identification System) MorphoBIS

FBI Next Generation Identification (NGI) System

  • Safran Identity & Security 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

  • Safran Identity & Security subsidiary MorphoTrust USA offers comprehensive motor vehicle agency (MVA) solutions that produce secure driver licenses and IDs. The company is the preferred partner for 40 states.


TSA Pre✓™

MorphoTrust USA 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

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 Safran's decades-long work with the U.S. government to develop checked baggage EDS.




Defense Programs

L-3 Integrated Optical Systems XM25

  • Safran Electronics & Defense subsidiary 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.


With more than 3,500 already ordered, LEAP is available to power the new aircraft families: Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX, Comac C919.

Developed by CFM International, a joint company of Safran (France) and GE (USA), LEAP is a next-generation engine family for single-aisle jets.


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) 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.

Developed in partnership between Honeywell and Safran, the Electric Green Taxiing System can significantly improve airline operational efficiency and provide environmental benefits by slashing the carbon and other emissions created during runway taxi operations.


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 at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition


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 is 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 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[800] 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

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.


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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.



For Safran, ethical excellence doesn't simply come from moral considerations or the need to respect regulations. It comes from the professionalism of individuals, exemplary in all  circumstances, and with all stakeholders. 

Jean-Paul Herteman, Chairman and CEO 


Complying with global import and export laws

Safran USA calls upon a diverse group of international and national suppliers for its goods and services. As a breach of multinational trade rules could mean serious consequences for the Group, it is critical that companies and employees comply with the multinational laws and regulations that apply to Safran's international trade activities. Companies that import and export must obtain all required government licenses, permits, and approvals for the import/export of controlled products or technologies.