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Safran Power Units A leader in Auxiliary Power Systems (APUs) and Turbojet Engines

Subsidiary of Safran Helicopter Engines, Safran Power Units is specialized in the design and manufacturing of Auxiliary Power Units (APUs), starting systems for civil and military aircraft, as well as turbojet engines for missiles and target drones.

Our expertises

Power systems

Safran Power Units offers a wide range of Auxiliary Power Units. Operated in demanding conditions, they are featured on a large range of military aircrafts and helicopters such as the Rafale, A400M, H225, NH90 or AW189. A range of APUs has been specifically designed for business aviation and is installed on the Falcon 6X and Global 7500.

Starting systems

Safran Power Units designs and manufactures a large range of starting systems. Depending on the aircraft's architecture, power is transferred either mechanically or pneumatically. The company also makes valve systems for engine air turbine starters.

Turbojet engines

Safran Power Units is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles and target drones. The engines, with power range between 25 daN and 600 daN, are robusts and compacts, and are installed in missiles such as MBDA Scalp and Exocet Block 3, Saab Dynamics RBS15, Kongsberg NSM, as well as Kratos BQM 167 and 177 target drones.

A worldwide support close to operators

Based in Toulouse (France), Dallas and San Diego (USA), Safran Power Units provides a wide range of services to its customers, and relies on Safran global network to ensure optimum availability of its products.

Shaping future systems

Safran Power Units constantly innovates and develops new power unit solutions featuring higher performances with lower environmental footprint and operating costs, relying on its expertise in hybridization and fuel cells.

560
Employees in France and in the United States
22,000
Power systems in service in more than 50 countries
500
Power systems delivered in 2020
SPU San Diego

Headquartered in France and two affiliates in the United States

Safran Power Units is present on five continents through six Safran Power Units and Safran Helicopter Engines sites: Toulouse, France; Grand Prairie, Texas, USA; San Diego, USA; Fareham, England; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Sydney, Australia. They are home bases for sales representatives, design and engineering offices, production, repair and support departments, everything we need to provide our customers with close, responsive service.

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Our corporate video

Assembly of an Auxiliary Power Units
Assembly of an Auxiliary Power Units
Assembly of an Auxiliary Power Units
© Philippe Stroppa / Safran
Quality control
Quality control
Quality control
© Philippe Stroppa / Safran
Fuel Cell
Fuel Cell
Fuel Cell
© Frédéric Lancelot / CAPA Pictures / Safran
Fuel Cell
Fuel Cell
Fuel Cell
© Frédéric Lancelot / CAPA Pictures / Safran
SPU150 Auxiliary Power Units
SPU150 Auxiliary Power Units
SPU150 Auxiliary Power Units
© Frank Rogozienski / CAPA Pictures / Safran
Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) fitting
Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) fitting
Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) fitting
© Philippe Stroppa / Safran
Saphir 20 Auxiliary Power Units
Saphir 20 Auxiliary Power Units
Saphir 20 Auxiliary Power Units
© Philippe Stroppa / Safran
Fitting of eAPU
Fitting of eAPU
Fitting of eAPU
© Philippe Stroppa / Safran
Close up of centrifugal compressor
Close up of centrifugal compressor
Close up of centrifugal compressor
© Philippe Stroppa / Safran
Centrifugal compressor
Centrifugal compressor
Centrifugal compressor
© Philippe Stroppa / Safran
Customer Support of Safran Power Units
Customer Support of Safran Power Units
Customer Support of Safran Power Units
© Philippe Stroppa / Safran
Test Bench expected to equip the Falcon 5X of Dassault Aviation
Test Bench expected to equip the Falcon 5X of Dassault Aviation
Test Bench expected to equip the Falcon 5X of Dassault Aviation
© Philippe Stroppa / Safran
Fuel Cell
Fuel Cell
Fuel Cell
© Philippe Stroppa / Safran
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Our certifications and approvals

Close up of centrifugal compressor

  • ISO 9001-2000: compliance with quality requirements, to support continuous process improvement throughout the product life cycle.
  • AS/EN 9100: adds aviation-specific requirements to those of ISO 9001 - a guarantee for our customers that our organization can handle every aspect of their needs.
  • PART 21 G: compliance with civil regulations on the production of new equipment and spare parts.
  • PART 145: compliance with civil regulations on the maintenance and repair of in-service equipment.
  • PART 21J: compliance with civil regulations, to maintain the design assurance system for equipment designed, developed and marketed by Safran Power Units.
  • FRA21G: compliance with state regulatory requirements for the production of new equipment and spare parts.
  • FRA 21J: compliance with state regulatory requirements to ensure the existence and maintenance of the design assurance system for materials that Safran Power Units designs, develops and markets.
  • FRA145: insures compliance with the state regulatory requirements for the maintenance and repair of equipment in service.

Compliance with military requirements: the Safran Power Units Quality system conforms to the specific requirements governing military equipment delivered to NATO member countries. Safran Power Units is actively involved in the EMAR/FR accreditation process. Safran Power Units is also actively involved in the ONE SAFRAN process, which is a major transformation of the management system, organized in process, unified, simplified and strengthened by the standards of operational excellence, and which is common to the entire Safran Group.

Suppliers: major partners for Safran Power Units

Safran Power Units builds a sustainable and balanced relationship with its competitive and innovative suppliers. To be selected, they must meet strict requirements in terms of performance, know-how and technological innovations. Safran Power Units also supports them as part of an ongoing drive for improvement and shared growth.

The quality of Safran Power Units relations with its suppliers is one of the keys of its performance. These relations are established in accordance with Safran's core values, Code of Ethics and regulatory requirements

Our rating on gender equality

0 93 / 100

Criteria
  • 1.

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

  • 2.

    Difference in average salary between men and women.

  • 3.

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

  • 4.

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

  • 5.

    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.

Gender equality index

  • Criterion No. 1: Difference in average salary between men and women: 38/40
  • Criterion No. 2: Comparison of the percentage of men and women having received a raise: 20/20
  • Criterion No. 3: Comparison of the percentage of men and women having received a promotion: 15/15
  • Criterion No. 4: Whether all women received a raise on returning from a maternity/adoption leave: 15/15
  • Criterion No. 5: Number of women in the top 10 paying positions: 5/10

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  • © Frédéric Lancelot / CAPA Pictures / Safran
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