Australia Safran, a major player in local industry
Safran has been present in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and the Pacific islands for nearly 40 years. More than 180 employees develop high-tech products and solutions for armed forces, federal and state governments and airlines in the Pacific region.
Safran is a major supplier of aerospace equipment and aircraft and helicopter engines in Australia, New Zealand and in the Pacific islands.
Safran has been a key player in the region’s defense market since the 1990s and has fruitful relationship with the government, its procurement and local armed forces.
Seventeen of the region’s operators have already chosen the CFM56® or LEAP® engines (developed and produced by CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE) to propel their aircraft, including both Qantas Airways and its subsidiary Jetstar, and Virgin Australia. Today, over 400 CFM56 engines are in service in the region. Safran works closely with these operators to provide landing gear, wheels, brakes and associated systems for Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft. The Group also offers a full range of support services for nacelles. In the aircraft interiors business, Safran's seats were chosen by Qantas to equip its First, Business and Premium classes, and the Group's cabin interiors and aerosystems are fitted on a majority of aircraft operated in the region. Safran is in addition the region’s only manufacturer of helicopter turbines that can provide technical support. Since installing its facility at Bankstown Airport in Sydney, Safran has covered Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the nearby islands. Today, over 500 helicopters with Safran engines are in service in the region.
The Group supplies optronic and avionics systems to the sectors’ principal platforms, for instance the Tiger ARH and MRH90, as well as portable binoculars, to the Australian and New Zealand defense forces. Safran also provides technical support for its solutions. Safran produces inertial navigation systems for Huon-class coastal minesweepers and Collins-class submarines, and surveillance and IRST (InfraRed Search and Track) systems for the region’s different navies. Safran also supplies local support to its customers for air, land and sea applications from its site at Bankstown Airport. In 2018, Safran has been selected to supply the Australian Armed Forces with a panoramic, stabilized shipborne observation system, Vigy Engage.
Safran has signed a contract with the Royal Australian Navy to provide operational support for its “Vampir” long-range infrared surveillance systems. Safran will do most of the work on Australian soil, including support and maintenance of military equipment, engineering, strategic procurement and stock management.
Lockheed Martin Australia, with the Australian Department of Defence, has chosen Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia (Botany, Sydney) to design three major components of the combat system for the Australian Navy’s future submarines: the optronics search and attack masts, the navigation radar and the navigation system.
An actor committed to local development
The Group has developed apprenticeship programs under the TAFE (Technical and Further Education) initiative, covering mechanics, logistics and business management. Safran is also active in Australian research and development: for instance, it works with Monash University and Amaero Additive Manufacturing. This collaboration led to the world's first jet engine printed in 3D. It was developed with support from the Australian government, via the Australian Research Council; Cooperative-Research-Center programs, the Commercialisation Australia program and the Science and Industry Endowment Fund.
Today, Safran is a member of the European Australian Business Council, one of the most effective business forums in Australia. The Group also belongs to the main defense and aerospace organizations, including the Australian Industry Group Defence Council, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the Sydney Aerospace & Defence Industry Group and Aviation Aerospace Australia.
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