Landing and braking systems
Philippe Stroppa / Safran
Safran is the world leader in landing and braking systems for both civil and military airplanes and helicopters, including: landing gear, wheels and brakes, as well as associated systems (steering, landing gear extension/retraction, braking control, monitoring).
Safran deploys the most advanced engineering in this field. We have worked with Airbus for more than 30 years, and we are an established partner to some 30 civil and military aircraft manufacturers in all main categories:
- Mainline commercial jets (over 100 seats): Airbus (A320, A320neo, A350 XWB, A380); Boeing (737, 737 MAX, 767, 777, 787 Dreamliner, 747).
- Military transports and tankers: Boeing C-17 and KC-135; Airbus A400M; Embraer KC-390.
- Regional and business aircraft: Dassault Falcon and Falcon 7X; ATR 42 and 72; Bombardier Learjet 85, Global 5000/6000 and 7000/8000.
- Combat aircraft: Boeing F/A-18; Dassault Mirage 2000 and Rafale; Eurofighter Typhoon.
- Helicopters: Airbus Helicopters Dauphin, EC175, Puma, Super Puma, Tiger and X4; Boeing V-22; Sikorsky S-92.
From design to maintenance, repair and overhaul
Christian Fleury / CAPA Pictures / Safran
Recognized for our expertise and innovative solutions (with around 7% of annual revenues being reinvested in R&D), Safran covers the entire product life cycle: design, manufacture, integration, MRO (maintenance, repair, overhaul).
Safran deploys a global network of 8 repair centers to keep pace with airline customers' growing requirements. Based on three continents, this network enables Safran to support an in-service fleet of over 27,800 aircraft, making 62,000 landings a day*, on average.
Safran pioneered the use of carbon brakes, replacing traditional steel brakes starting in the 1980s. This technical revolution resulted in significant weight savings and allowed faster cooling of brakes and therefore quicker aircraft turnaround. Furthermore, carbon brakes offer twice the endurance of their steel counterparts, allowing airlines to reduce maintenance costs as well as fuel consumption.
*excepted for the current Covid-related period