Safran at the MAKS 2009 Salon
Once again, the two-yearly trade fair that is the MAKS aerospace salon, showcase of Russian space and aviation know-how, opens its doors from August 18 – 23 at Zhukovsky, 25 miles outside of Moscow. This year, the Salon is of particular significance for the Group since, for the first time, the event plays host to the Superjet 100, the new regional jet from Sukhoi that will soon be entering into service. As well as the in-flight demonstrations, a second craft - fully equipped and in full livery – is being presented on static display.
Safran has invested heavily in this project, with ten of the Group's companies working on the aircraft, the engines and the landing systems. On the Safran stand may be seen, in particular, a mockup of the SaM146 engine (developed by Snecma [Safran group] in cooperation with the Russian engine manufacturer NPO Saturn), a thrust reverser and the front landing gear. Other gems of Group technology exposed on the stand include the carbon brakes of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 737 Next-Generation; avionics, optronics and navigation equipment and two helicopter engines.
Safran in the Russian skies
MAKS is also a red-letter event for the engine manufacturer CFM, a joint venture of Safran and General Electric, and market leader for 100-seater-plus aircraft, since it coincides with announcements about technological advances on the CFM56 engine (new -7BE configuration, Tech Insertion modernization program, LEAP-X future generation engine, TRUEngine label). There are currently over 640 CFM56 engines either in service or on order with over 20 Russian clients and operators.
Notwithstanding the Superjet 100, Safran has already had a presence for many years in Russia via partnerships that take in all of its activities: propulsion (sale of aircraft engines and helicopter turbines, subcontracting of aerospace components, support and maintenance for engines in service), defense and security (in particular, smartcards).