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Safran Helicopter Engines The world’s leading manufacturer of helicopter engines

Safran Helicopter Engines is the world’s leading manufacturer of rotorcraft turbines and the only one dedicated exclusively to this market. Operating worldwide, it employs 5,900 people and has more than 2,500 customers in 155 countries, and 22,000 engines in service.

Our expertise

The widest range

Offering the widest range of products, from 500 to 3,000 shaft horsepower, Safran Helicopter Engines has been committed to design and manufacturing excellence for more than 80 years.

Partner of major helicopter manufacturers

The company partners with major helicopter manufacturers across the globe and its products feature aboard the very latest designs, including the brand-new Airbus Helicopters H160, Bell 505, Leonardo AW189K, Avicopter AC352, Russian Helicopters Ka-62, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited LUH and Korea Aerospace Industries LCH.

Our main priority: safety

The company’s top priority is to provide safe, reliable and high-performance engines, to help its customers stay focused on their missions and to keep their helicopters flying every day, everywhere.

80 years of engine excellence

Since its foundation in 1938, by a Polish engineer, Joseph Szydlowski, the company has produced 75,000 units. In 2015, the company celebrated 100 million hours flown by these engines.

100 % Focused on Safety

Keep you flying in the safest possible condition lies at the heart of our business. Today, our best-selling Arriel is as reliable as the CFM56, the benchmark gold standard in commercial aviation.

A worldwide footprint

Safran Helicopter Engines offers a comprehensive and efficient support network through 13 worldwide subsidiaries, providing local support and wide availability of MRO services.

Preparing for the future

The company stays at the forefront of rotorcraft innovation. Continuous engine improvement is a key asset of the company and is recognized by all the helicopter industry.

Hybrid propulsion

Safran is pioneering the “electrified” rotorcraft with several hybrid propulsion concepts designed to optimize available power.

World-class industrial facilties

Safran Helicopter Engines “Factory of the future” program was launched in 2010, with the opening of the Joseph Szydlowski plant in Bordes (Pyrénées-Atlantiques). This was followed by the Mantes-Buchelay (Yvelines) plant opening in 2011. In February 2020 and, the new industrial campus Cap 2020 opened in Tarnos.


Somewhere in the world, a Safran-powered helicopter takes off on a mission every 9 seconds.


The Safran Helicopter Engines fleet in service today.


Safran Helicopter Engines has more than 2,500 customers in 155 countries.

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Our rating on gender equality

0 89 / 100

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    Comparison of the percentage of men and women having received a raise.

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    Difference in average salary between men and women.

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    Comparison of the percentage of men and women having received a promotion.

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    Whether all women received a raise on returning from a maternity/adoption leave.

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    Number of women in the top 10 paying positions.

According to the French law of September 5, 2018, and its application decree of January 8, 2019, on "Freedom to choose your professional future" (Liberté de choisir son avenir professionnel), companies have to measure five gender equality indicators and publish their overall score. The primary aim of this law is to eliminate compensation discrepancies between men and women.

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