Safran in Germany

Safran has operated in Germany for nearly 30 years, spanning our core sectors of aerospace, defense and security. Today, we are a leading partner to German industrial firms. We have nearly 800 employees in the country, at six production facilities and one R&D center, supporting our ongoing technological leadership and innovation capabilities.

production plants
in 4 of Germany's 16 Länder
fiber-optic gyros produced per year



Safran mainly supplies aircraft equipment to Airbus Group, our largest customer in Germany. Safran engineers are involved in all Airbus development programs currently underway in Germany. Construction of a new plant in Hamburg (Hausbruch) started in April 2014. It will assemble and deliver 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 Group electrical wiring harness production lines.

Since 1991, Safran 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). 

A major player in the aerospace cluster around Hamburg, we are a partner in three 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.



Safran is a long-standing trusted partner to the German aerospace and defense industries. Primarily based in the Stuttgart region, Safran designs, develops and produces inertial sensors and equipment for flight control and navigation systems, as well as for industry. Our core expertise is fiber-optic gyros (FOG), producing over 4,000 units a year in Germany to rank among the world's leading manufacturers. 

We also conduct engineering projects and provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the defense industry.



With three production facilities and a development center in Hamburg, Safran is a major player in the German security market, delivering solutions in three key areas: 

Identification: The German federal police and the 16 state (Länder) police forces all use our biometric automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS). In addition, our Bochum-based teams are developing a facial recognition system and other biometric solutions for the federal and border police forces. The site also contributes to the Aadhaar project, the largest biometric identification program in the world; already well on the way to registering all citizens and residents in India and assigning each one a unique identification number.

Digital security and secure transactions: Safran helps make the daily lives of millions of German citizens safer by providing bank cards, SIM cards and national health insurance cards.

Detection systems: A global leader in detection systems for hazardous substances (explosives, narcotics, chemicals, etc.), Safran has supplied luggage inspection systems to numerous German airports.


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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
  • MeetingMeeting © Hermann Bredehorst / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • NH 90NH 90 © Frédéric Lert / Safran
  • 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
  • Biometric paymentBiometric payment © Sebastian Piramowicz / Safran


Supporting educational initiatives

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.