Safran in Chile
Safran has a substantial presence in Latin America, with nearly 6,000 employees. In Chile, Safran's business activities span its core Aerospace and defense markets. The Group is a key technology partner on the world-leading ELT observatory being built on the top of the Cerro Armazones mountain.
Safran supplies engines for commercial airplanes and civil and military helicopters, helping to support the development of the Chilean transport industry. CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE, has been a partner to Chile's flag carrier, LATAM Airlines, since 2000. The airline selected the CFM56® to power its fleet of 70 Airbus A320 twinjets, together with Safran wheels and electric brakes for its fleet of 32 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Nearly 100 civil and military helicopters in Chile are powered by Safran turbine engines. The Group is now extending its foothold to the civil helicopter maintenance sector in partnership with Chilean service company, Ecocopter. A new maintenance center was set up in partnership with Ecocopter in 2014 to provide local technical support for helicopter operators.
Safran is taking part in an exciting international space project in Chile. In July 2015, Reosc, a Safran company, signed a contract with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) to supply all the optical segments on the M4 mirror for the ELT (Extremely Large Telescope), which will be the largest and most powerful telescope in the world. Built at the top of the 3,060 meter (10,000 ft) Cerro Armazones mountain in Chile, the telescope's 39-meter (130 ft) primary mirror will comprise hundreds of smaller hexagonal mirrors. The telescope is scheduled to capture its "first light" in 2024, enabling astronomers to significantly advance scientific knowledge.
Reosc develops and produces high-performance optics for satellites, large telescopes, high-energy lasers and the semiconductor industry.
Safran has an extensive portfolio of defense contracts covering the modernization of submarine periscopes for the Chilean navy and the supply of optronic pods for the army's fleet of Super Puma helicopters. The Group also provides maintenance services for the Makila 1 engines that power these helicopters. Safran's Arriel turboshaft engines power the Dauphin and Ecureuil/Fennec helicopters deployed by the country's armed forces. Nearly 40 military helicopters now deployed in Chile are equipped with Safran engines.