Helicopter engines

Le MTR390 motorise le Tigre, hélicoptère de combat et franco-allemand. Bimoteur, de 5 à 7 tonnes, il accueille 2 personnes (le pilote et le tireur).

Safran is the world leader in helicopter engines. It is active in all market segments: commercial, parapublic (emergency medical transport, search and rescue) and military.

We design, produce, sell and support a complete range of turbine engines for this market. More than 22,000 Safran turbine engines already power helicopters built by the world's leading manufacturers: Airbus Helicopters, Bell Helicopter, Leonardo, Avicopter, Sikorsky, Russian Helicopters, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Korea Aerospace Industries etc.

Safran equips the majority of new-generation helicopters: Airbus Helicopters H160, Bell 505, Leonardo AW189K, Avicopter AC352, Russian Helicopter Ka-62, KAI LCH/LAH, etc. In the military market, Safran equips the Tiger, the NH90, the H225M and the AW101.

The helicopters powered by Safran are operated by more than 2,500 customers in 150 countries.

The Group produces several engine families: Arrius and Arriel (up to 1,000 shaft horsepower, equipping light and medium helicopters), Arrano, Ardiden (1,000-2,000 SHP, powering medium helicopters), Makila, RTM 322 and Aneto (over 2,000 SHP, for super-medium and heavy helicopters).


International partnerships


Montage des accessoires sur le moteur Makila 2

Safran is also involved in several international partnerships to make the following engines: MTR390, with Rolls-Royce, MTU and ITP (powering the Airbus Helicopters Tiger); Shakti, with HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.) for the Dhruv; WZ16, with AVIC of China (for the Avicopter AC352); Ariel 2L2, with Hanwha Techwin (for the Korea Aerospace Industries LCH and LAH).

Technological innovation at Safran is anchored in a complete understanding of customers' needs, while also meeting imperatives for reliability and operational cost-effectiveness. It also includes Safran's commitment to sustainable development.

These new-generation engines feature reduced operating costs and unrivaled performance, including: 15% lower fuel consumption, reduced environmental footprint, greater payload capacity.


Safran Helicopter Engines: The world's leading manufacturer of helicopter engines (civil and military), Safran designs, produces, sells and supports gas turbine engines for all types of rotorcraft.

Safran Power Units: A specialist in the design, manufacturing and customer service of power systems: auxiliary power units (APU) and starting systems for aircraft and helicopters.

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