United States Key aerospace and defense supplier to the U.S. market
Safran has established long-standing, successful, and growing relationships in the U.S. market, and is a supplier of choice in the aerospace and defense sectors. Our U.S. customer base includes federal, state, and local governments, all branches of the armed forces, airlines, cargo carriers, and many companies.
Safran is an industry-leading supplier for the U.S. aerospace sector. Every day, thousands of airplanes and helicopters take to the skies equipped with highly reliable solutions designed and produced by Safran in the United States.
Technologies and solutions from Safran are incorporated in nearly every aspect of U.S. military operations on land, at sea, and in the air, helping America’s armed forces meet their missions at home and abroad.
Safran in the United States
Safran partners with manufacturers to support jetliner programs by Boeing and Airbus; business jets by Bombardier, Gulfstream, and Textron Aviation; as well as helicopters from Airbus, Bell, Sikorsky, and others. Its expertise encompasses a wide scope of systems and equipment. Safran provides maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services tailored to the quality, cost, and turnaround requirements in a highly competitive market. Additionally, the Group offers test cell engineering for aero-engines and other engineering services for the U.S. aerospace industry.
CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE, is the No. 1 engine supplier worldwide for mainline commercial jets (over 100 seats). Created 40-plus years ago, it has developed and produced the CFM56® – the world’s best-selling engine in commercial aviation. Following this success, CFM International launched the LEAP® engine to bring major improvements in fuel efficiency and emissions. The LEAP engine powers the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft family as the single source engine. Safran Aircraft Engines partners with Albany International – an industrial weaving specialist – to build 3D woven composite parts for aircraft engine components using RTM (resin transfer molding) technology in Rochester, New Hampshire.
For business jets, Safran Nacelles is present in Savannah, Georgia for its supply of complete nacelles on Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 turbofan engines that power Gulfstream Aerospace’s G700. At its integration site in Mobile, Alabama, the company carries out LEAP-1A nacelle/engine integration and delivery of completed units to the nearby Airbus final assembly line for installation on A320neo jetliners. Additionally, Safran Nacelles supports North American customers and operators through an MRO facility in Plainfield, Indiana, servicing nacelle systems on commercial, regional, and business aircraft.
Avionics, electronics, and data systems
Safran offers U.S. customers a broad range of avionics, electromechanical, and lighting solutions for civil and military rotorcraft and fixed-wing aircraft at its locations in California, Texas, and Washington state. The company provides technical support, MRO services, marketing and sales for flight control components, aircraft condition monitoring systems, and flight operations quality assurance software. Through its Atlanta-based Safran Data Systems business, the company provides advanced data technology solutions across the full spectrum of aerospace testing, mission systems, and satellite applications.
Safran Cabin’s U.S. sites develop a wide range of innovative solutions for an integrated cabin interior –including overhead bins, cabin liners, lavatories, and galleys – for business, regional, and commercial aircraft. Additionally, the company offers systems for lighting, cabin management, cooling & environmental control, and water & waste. Headquartered in Huntington Beach, California, the company has additional locations in California, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington state, as well as a design and innovation studio. To meet airline passengers’ growing demand for in-flight entertainment, Safran Passenger Innovations develops on-board entertainment and connectivity solutions in California. In Gainesville, Texas, Safran Seats designs, manufactures, certifies, tests, and assembles innovative economy class seats for airlines of the world.
Safran Helicopter Engines is a key provider of turboshaft engines for commercial and military helicopters, with a U.S. presence of some 40 years. The U.S. customer base for Safran Helicopter Engines covers approximately 400 operators from a wide variety of sectors – corporate, emergency medical services, tourism, law enforcement, offshore and utility, along with such government agencies as the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army, Customs and Border Protection, and FBI. Safran assembles and maintains Arriel engine variants in Texas for the U.S. Army’s UH-72A Lakota, Airbus’ H125, and the U.S. Coast Guard’s MH-65 Dolphin.
Safran Landing Systems’ U.S. presence includes a state-of-the-art facility in Walton, Kentucky, dedicated to the production and refurbishment of carbon brake disks for carriers including Delta Air Lines, Air Canada, and Spirit Airlines, as well as production of wheels and brakes for civil and military customers. Through its network of wheel and brake repair stations in Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin, Safran supports its customers across the U.S. As a key supplier to Boeing, the company is responsible for the design, development, qualification, testing, manufacture, and support of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner main and nose landing gear.
Safran develops evacuation slides and life rafts in New Jersey, while its Mississippi facility manufactures life jackets. The New York facility produces oxygen products and systems for commercial aviation, business jets, and military platforms. The Joint Service Aircrew Mask - Rotary Wing (JSAM-RW) Chemical/Biological/Nuclear/Radiological (CBRN) system protecting all U.S. military rotorcraft crew was developed by Safran. As part of its world leadership in the supply of emergency land-based arresting systems for military aircraft, Safran’s Pennsylvania site is dedicated to this activity. Safran also develops parachutes and protective equipment for military missions.
Safran serves the U.S. market with solutions covering the entire onboard electrical power chain for commercial jetliners and military aircraft. In Denton, Texas, Safran produces wire harnesses for a variety of customers, including Boeing Defense Systems, Northrop Grumman, and Bell. Through its wiring operations in South Carolina and Washington state, the company supports key Boeing programs, notably the supply of wiring for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the 777X. Through its facilities in Florida and Ohio, Safran also develops and maintains electrical power generation, distribution, and management systems for aircraft.
Auxiliary Power Units & turbojet engines
Safran Power Units designs and produces business jet auxiliary power units (APUs) in San Diego, California.
As a key provider of turbojet engines, Safran Power Units in Grand Prairie, Texas provides MRO services for APUs and the gas turbine starting systems in the U.S. Navy’s T-45 trainer jets. Additionally, the site produces and maintains TR60 turbojet engines for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Army's aerial targets.
Military aircraft propulsion & equipment
Boeing’s P-8 Poseidon and C-40 Clipper aircraft are powered by CFM56-7B engines from CFM International. Landing systems by Safran are used on many operational U.S. military aircraft, including the F/A-18 fighter, C-17 airlifter, KC-135 aerial tanker, and the tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey. Safran also provides wiring solutions for a variety of American combat aircraft: Lockheed Martin’s F-16; the Boeing F-22 and KC-135R aerial tanker; and the Boeing Bell V-22, among others. The U.S. military depends on Safran avionics systems and equipment, including autopilots, flight controls, and inertial navigation systems. Key rotorcraft platforms are the CH-53K King Stallion (cockpit controls) and UH-72A Lakota (avionics suite).Our contribution to U.S. Army Lakota helicopters
Through its New Hampshire-based company Optics 1, Safran offers a wide range of devices and modules in surveillance and reconnaissance missions for dismounted soldiers, airborne, and land vehicle operations. Optics 1’s handheld, weapon-mounted and clip-on electro-optic systems help military services meet their mission requirements. The U.S. Army selected Optics 1 to build the next-generation Laser Target Locator Module II (LTLM II) System. This lightweight, handheld system has day and night imagers, a laser rangefinder, a digital compass, and a Global Positioning System receiver.
Working at Safran in the U.S.
Career opportunities, mobility and training
Safran offers positions at all levels across several functional areas, including sales, engineering, research, design and development, finance, human resources, production, and customer support. The company provides opportunities for mobility, whether between teams, companies, or countries. With operations in 24 U.S. states, Safran provides various learning opportunities for employees through Safran University in North America. Additionally, it offers a mentorship program designed to connect employees across disciplines and in different career stages.
If you are looking to grow into a leadership role, Safran provides several possibilities – from leading teams to taking on new cross-functional responsibilities for projects and programs.
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Safran offers a range of benefits to help protect you and your family’s health and financial future.
- Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance – With the ability to add the whole family to your plan.
- Wellness program – Provides employees with access to fitness videos, meal planning tips and a community of people looking to grow.
- Health & Flexible Spending Account - Allows employees to set aside pre-tax funds to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses.
- 401k plan – Provides eligible employees with a tax-leveraged means of supplementing their retirement planning.
- Paid holidays & time off – Gives employees the opportunity to relax and refresh.
- Disability benefits – Protects your income in the event of your own disability.
- Voluntary benefits – Provides income assistance during certain unforeseen accidents or health conditions.
Investing to build healthier communities
Safran believes we have a responsibility in the communities where we live and work. We strive to support those in need and enrich the communities in which we operate. Whether supporting those in need or furthering health and educational initiatives, giving back is an important part of who we are.
In 2019, for instance, employees from Safran Test Cells in New Brighton, Minnesota dedicated a week of volunteering to assist Habitat for Humanity with building a home.
Driving educational initiatives
Whether inspiring future aerospace technicians or equipping engineers, Safran USA believes in investing in the workforce of the future by supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational programs.
For the past few years, Safran has lent its support to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's STEM program, which encourages young students to aspire to technical careers in aviation and space.
Additionally, Safran is helping advance aerospace education in the state of Alabama through its sponsorship of Flight Works Alabama, the new aviation experience center in Mobile.
Giving back to our service veterans
As a leading defense supplier to America’s armed forces, Safran strongly believes in supporting organizations that help improve the lives of America’s service veterans. For Safran, this is a small way to give back to those who have given so much to protect our country. Safran aids organizations that provide practical and personal support services to veterans. New Hampshire-based Optics 1 supports Veterans Count, an organization that helps service members and their families with a wide range of family, personal, and financial needs. The company also supports the charity Operation Care for Troops by reaching out to the local community for donations to support troops during the holiday season.
Safran suppliers share our values of integrity, fair competition, transparency, and sustainable development. Safran USA, its employees and its suppliers around the world must uphold and apply all employment laws, regulations, and policies. With zero-tolerance for corruption benefiting the private or public sector, practices such as third-party bribes and child or forced labor are not tolerated. Fair competition laws also prohibit practices that alter competition, such as price fixing. And all parties are expected to exercise good judgment with business courtesies like gifts and hospitality.
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