SAFRAN strengthens its relationship with the Civil Aviation University of China by offering a Turbomeca engine

Paris, May 25, 2009

Following the collaboration agreement signed by SAFRAN and the Civil Aviation University of China in 2005, today the SAFRAN Group is pleased to offer Turmo IVC engine to the University.

The collaboration agreement signed by SAFRAN, an international technology leader, and CAUC, the main aeronautical engineering school in China, started with the inauguration of the media library on November 15, 2005.
CAUC and SAFRAN set up a relationship based on open communications in their mutual interest. One of the goals is to develop a SAFRAN Exclusive Publications Room in the CAUC library, along with a SAFRAN Product Exhibition and Practice Hall and personal training seminars. CAUC will mainly invest in infrastructure, while SAFRAN will provide certain equipment and materials.

Lin Yang, general manager of Turbomeca (Beijing) Helicopter Engines Trading Co. Ltd, said: "On behalf of Turbomeca and SAFRAN, I am very pleased to offer the Turmo IV C engine to the Civil Aviation University of China. This engine powers the SA 330 Puma twin-engine civil helicopter. It was certified on December 1, 1972. The Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC) is China's leading aeronautical engineering school for civil aviation. SAFRAN, one of today's top international aerospace, defense and security groups, has been supporting educational institutions and programs in China for a number of years."

SAFRAN's presence in China reaches back to the 1970's, when the Chinese army ordered Super Frelon helicopters from Aerospatiale (today Eurocopter), powered by Turbomeca's Turmo III engines. Today, 25 Turmo III C are deployed by the Chinese Navy.

SAFRAN has established a strong presence in China through its subsidiaries. It aims to develop even stronger local presence by working with Chinese partners, both airframers and operators, and through industrial partnerships based on local purchasing.

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SAFRAN is an international high-technology group with leadership positions in its core businesses of aerospace propulsion, aircraft equipment, and defense security. The SAFRAN Group employs about 54,000 people in over 30 countries and generates revenue of more than €10 billion. It comprises many companies with prestigious brand names and holds, alone or in partnership, global or European leadership positions in its markets. SAFRAN is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and its share is included in the SBF 120 and Euronext 100 indices.

TURBOMECA (SAFRAN Group) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced over 50 000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. With 2,350 customers in over 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 15 sites, 26 TurboSupport Centers, 24 repair centers and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.

Groupe SAFRAN | Communications Department | Press Contact | Catherine Malek | Tel : +33 (0)1 40 60 80 28 | Fax : +33 (0)1 40 60 80 26 | catherine.malek@safran.fr