Safran in Malaysia

Safran has been operating in Malaysia for 50 years in the aerospace and defense sectors. The Group started with the introduction of the Artouste engines for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Alouette helicopters. Since then, Safran provides aircraft and helicopter engines and equipment to various customers in the field of aerospace and defense. In 2014, Safran opened a representation office in Kuala Lumpur called Safran Aerospace Defence Security Malaysia. 2015 saw the Group to continue to expand with the inauguration of the Safran Landing Systems plant in Sendayan. There are currently three Safran companies based in Malaysia, with 200 highly skilled employees.

LEAP engines on order
of the world carbon brakes
produced in Sendayan
500 CFM56 and
100 LEAP engines
in service




Some 500 CFM56® and 100 LEAP engines, developed and produced by CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE, are now in service with the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 operated in Malaysia, and over 800 CFM56 and LEAP® engines are on order, mainly by AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines.

Safran is the leader in the Malaysian helicopter turbine market, with over 250 engines now in service with police forces, coast guard units, armed forces and the offshore oil industry. In 2010, Safran gained a foothold in the helicopter engine market with the creation of Turbine, SaAsia (GTA), a joint venture between Safran Helicopter Engines, Safran Aircraft Engines and local partners based in Subang, providing maintenance for helicopter turbine engines and a full range of support services to its customers.



Safran is a longtime partner of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) providing among other: Adour engines (in collaboration with Rolls-Royce) and Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) for Malaysia's Hawks, periscopes, optronic masts and radar systems for Malaysia's two Scorpène class submarines and the optronic surveillance and fire control systems for some of the country's tanks and patrol boats.

Safran Aircraft Engines is a major supplier on the Airbus A400M military transport. Safran Helicopter Engines is also providing the Makila engines on the Airbus helicopters. Indeed, Safran is involved as a major partner for the propulsion system provided by EuroProp International (EPI).



  • MachiningMachining © Sanjit Das / Panos Pictures / Safran
  • Robot settingRobot setting © Sanjit Das / Panos Pictures / Safran
  • Disc InspectionDisc Inspection © Sanjit Das / Panos Pictures / Safran
  • A320 of Air AsiaA320 of Air Asia © Charles Pertwee / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Disc inspectionDisc inspection © Sanjit Das / Panos Pictures / Safran



A major player in the local aeronautic industry

With its strategic location in the Asian Market, Malaysia is one of the world's most promising aviation hub in terms of traffic and industrial production. To better serve its local and regional customers, Safran opened in January 2015 a new carbon brake production and refurbishment plant for a total investment of almost USD 150 million.

With this new plant, located in Sendayan, near the Kuala Lumpur international airport, the Group consolidates its strong commercial position in the region and takes a major role in supporting the country's economic transformation. Safran Landing Systems currently provides the brakes to 140 airlines in the region including AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, Firefly and MAS Wings. The plant is now producing 350 tonnes of carbon, one fifth of the world carbon brakes and it is turning out 10,000 heat sinks a year. The company is now contributing to a number of leading programs from Airbus (A320, A321, A330 and A350), Boeing (737, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner) and ATR.


A committed Group

Safran is taking an active role in several associations, including the Malaysian Aerospace Industry Association (MAIA) as a board member, and with MIGHT (Malaysian Industry – Government for High Technology) which are both promoting local players to compete effectively in the global aerospace industry.

Safran is developing partnerships with MARA and local universities such as UniKL and UTM for academic and professional education in order to enhance human capital development programs for the industry.



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