Safran Engineering Services selected by Helibras as the system integrator for the Avionics Systems modernization of Esquilo and Fennec helicopters

Itajuba (Brazil), April 16th, 2013

Brazilian helicopter manufacturer Helibras, a subsidiary of Eurocopter, has selected Safran Engineering Services as the design authority to supply the installation design and full integration of multiple avionics communication and navigation systems, including a sophisticated new Glass Cockpit System from Sagem (Safran), as well as the integration of the auto-pilot system, for the modernization of 34 Esquilo and Fennec helicopters of the Brazilian Army. Safran will also support the DCTA certification.

"We are impressed by the dedication, attention to detail and overall customer support and performance displayed by Safran Engineering on this complex project. We look forward to work on future opportunities" said Didier Cormary, Vice President Programs, Helibras.

"We are fully committed to support Helibras on this strategic project and we look forward to establish a long term partnership. Our engineering and certification capabilities are uniquely positioned to support this project, the first of many in Brazil" declared Ricardo Varela, Safran Engineering Services GM.

"This selection is the first stand alone contract of engineering for Safran in Brazil and widens our long term partnership with Helibras already developed through Turbomeca and Sagem companies" stated Gérald Farrenc, Safran SVP Brazil Programs.

Safran has been operating in Brazil for well over three decades developing long term industrial partnerships. Today, Safran employs more than 1 000 people in the country and its development has been largely channeled through its subsidiaries, Turbomeca do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro, Morpho do Brasil in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and now Sagem's newly acquired Brazilian subsidiary, Optovac.

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Safran Engineering Services, subsidiary of Labinal, offers high technology engineering services in aerospace and ground transportation industry. With its 3,000 engineers and technicians, engaged within several Business Units around the world (France, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, United States, Mexico, Morocco, India and Brazil ) it is organized into competence centers combining expertise in the areas of Electrical Systems, Aerostructures, Mechanical Systems, Software and Electronic Embedded Systems, and Certification and Safety.

Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 62,500 employees and generated sales of 13.6 billion euros in 2012. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.6 billion Euros in 2012. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index.
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