Safran in Germany

Safran has operated in Germany, spanning our core sectors of aerospace and defense. Today, we are a leading partner to German industrial firms. We have nearly 2,000 employees in the country, at 12 production facilities and 2 R&D centers, supporting our ongoing technological leadership and innovation capabilities.

production plants and
2 R&D centers
fiber-optic gyros produced per year



Safran mainly supplies aircraft equipment to Airbus, our largest customer in Germany. Safran engineers are involved in all Airbus development programs currently underway in Germany with innovative projects like 3D printing.

Based in Hamburg since 2014, Safran Nacelles assembles and delivers nacelles for the Airbus A320neo, powered by twin LEAP-1A® engines from CFM International (the 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE). Safran also provides services for the Airbus electrical wiring harness production lines.

Since 1991, Safran Helicopter Engines in Germany has provided a range of support services (spare parts, support by the hour packages, flight-line technical support, training, etc.) and maintenance services for some 1,700 helicopter engines deployed by over 250 customers in 29 countries (Scandinavia, central and eastern Europe, central Asia and Russia). In addition, Safran Helicopter Engines is the exclusive engine supplier for the German federal police and equips 7 regional police departments (around 200 engines).

A major player in the aerospace cluster around Hamburg, we are a partner in four joint ventures:

  • Europrop International GmbH, a joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines, ITP, MTU and Rolls-Royce that makes the TP400 turboprop engine for the Airbus A400M military transport.
  • MTR GmbH, a joint venture between Safran Helicopter Engines, MTU and Rolls-Royce that makes the MTR 390 turboshaft engine powering the Tiger military helicopter.
  • AES Aerospace Embedded Solutions GmbH, a joint venture between Safran Electronics & Defense and MTU that is developing electronic equipment for civil and military applications.
  • ArianeGroup, a 50/50 joint venture between Airbus and Safran, which manufactures and integrates cryogenic reignitable storable upper stage propellant in Bremen, produces combustion chambers in Ottobrunn (Bavaria) and has engineering offices and test facilities in Lampoldhausen (Baden-Württemberg).

Moreover, to improve passengers' flight experience and facilitate the work of flight attendants, ground and maintenance crews, Safran Aerosystems' Hamburg site produces aircraft cabin control systems, integrated electronic components, sensors and instrument panels.

In the aircraft cabin field, the Safran Passenger Solutions plant in Wessling (near Munich) works on aircraft on-board and on-ground connectivity. Finally, theSafran Cabin sites located at Herborn and Burg (Hesse) specialized in cabin interior completion,design and make galleys for airlines and aircraft manufacturers over the world.



Safran is a long-standing trusted partner to the German aerospace and defense industries. Primarily based in the Stuttgart region, Safran Electronics & Defense designs, develops and produces inertial sensors and equipment for flight control and navigation systems, as well as for industry. Safran Electronics & Defense produces over 4,000 fiber-optic gyros (FOG) a year in Germany, as well as other systems equipment for defense and space applications.

At Bergish Gladbach, Safran Aerosystems is developing and producing portable and stationary data acquisition and logging systems for space and defense applications.

Safran also conducts engineering projects and provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services in the defense field.

Safran is also partnering with Germany on European defense projects, such as the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and the EuroMALE UAV program.


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  • Employee in the laboratory of Aerospace Embedded Solutions GmbH (AES)Employee in the laboratory of Aerospace Embedded Solutions GmbH (AES) © Hermann Bredehorst / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Electricians working on an electrical harness Airbus A380Electricians working on an electrical harness Airbus A380 © Hermann Bredehorst / CAPA Pictures / Safran
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  • Employee inside the integration Optics laboratory at Safran Electronics & Defense Germany GmBHEmployee inside the integration Optics laboratory at Safran Electronics & Defense Germany GmBH © Hermann Bredehorst / CAPA Pictures / Safran


Supporting educational initiatives and r&t

Germany is a key Safran partner for European R&T projects. By way of example, Airbus, GE Research Center and DLR (German Centre for Aeronautical and Space Research) cooperate with the Group under the Clean Sky 2 project.

Safran is highly involved in educational support initiatives in Germany. For instance, our subsidiary AES Aerospace Embedded Solutions GmbH is one of the founders of the Embedded Systems Software Engineering Institute (SEI), created under the impetus of the software engineering committee of the German aerospace industries association, BDLI. SEI is funded by the Bavarian economy, media, energy and technology ministry, and is part of fortiss, a research institute associated with the Technical University of Munich (TUM). L-1 Identity Solutions AG, a member of Bitkom (federal association of information technologies, telecommunications and new media), has signed a partnership with the University of Bochum and is working closely with the research organizations Fraunhofer IOSB, Fraunhofer IGD and TU Ilmenau.

In addition, the Group has developed partnerships with Hamburg Technical University, ZAL which is the research center for advanced cabin technology, also located in Hamburg, and Munich Aerospace which is an international research and technology center.

Safran also seeks to promote the scientific and technological careers of young women in Germany. Since 2017, Girls on the Move campaigns have been run in both the north and the south of the country by the association Elles Bougent. In April 2018, the German branch of the association was officially inaugurated at the Berlin ILA air show, in the presence of Airbus.

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