The leader in the Malaysian market for helicopter turbine engines, Safran powers more than 200 helicopters for the police, coast guard, armed forces and oil industry. The partnership between Safran and Malaysia reaches back to the 1960s, when the Royal Malaysian Air Force chose Alouette helicopters powered by Artouste turbofan engines designed by Safran Helicopter Engines (called Turbomeca at the time). In 2010, Safran and local partners created a Subang-based joint venture, GTA (Global Turbine Asia), to offer a complete range of engine support services for Malaysian customers.
Safran is also a major player in the civil aviation market, with nearly 500 CFM56® engines in service in the country, and more than 900 CFM56 and LEAP® engines on order, mainly for AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air.
Safran is also a leading supplier of aircraft equipment. For instance, we supply carbon brakes for more than 200 commercial airplanes now in service with 18 operators in the region, including AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, Firefly and MAS Wings. In the coming years, Safran will be providing systems and equipment for some 600 new airplanes on order. To bolster its local support for regional customers, in January 2015 Safran inaugurated a Safran Landing Systems plant in Sendayan. Located near the Kuala Lumpur international airport, this 17,000 square meter plant is specialized in the production and refurbishment of carbon brakes for commercial airplanes, such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 single-aisle jet families. By 2018, the plant will handle one-fifth of the global production of carbon brakes, along with the repair of some 12,000 heat sinks per year.
Safran provides a wide range of products for the Malaysian army, air force and navy: helicopter engines, auxiliary power units (APU), periscopes, optronic masts, radar systems for submarines, optronic surveillance and fire control systems for the PT-91M battle tank, etc.
Malaysia operates four A400M military transports, for which Safran is a major equipment supplier. In particular, Safran provides the TP400* turboprops for this four-engine transport, capable of carrying a payload up to 40 metric tons. Safran will also be in charge of technical support and spare parts management for the TP400 engines, through the GTA joint venture. In addition, Safran builds, integrates and supports the A400M's integrated landing system, including the main and nose landing gear, wheels and carbon brakes, gear retraction and steering systems, and the unique "kneeling" system, for easier loading and unloading.
* Through Europrop International (EPI), a consortium formed by MTU Aero Engines, Safran Aircraft Engines, Rolls-Royce and Industria de Turbo Propulsores.
A major player in the Malaysian aviation industry
Malaysia plays a strategic role in the Asian aviation market, and is in fact a promising contender in the global market, whether in terms of air traffic or the development of its aviation industry. Safran decided to locate its new Safran Landing Systems facility for the Asian market in Malaysia to develop this privileged partnership.
We also attach great importance to teaming up on research and innovation with partners in the region. Safran is an active member of several associations formed to support the competitiveness efforts of local manufacturers, including the Malaysian Aerospace Industry Association (MAIA) and the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT). The joint venture GTA holds a seat on the Malaysian Defence Industry Council, which coordinates the country's development of its defense technology and industry base.
Safran is also committed to both education and professional training. For example, we have formed partnerships with several of the country's universities (most notably UniKL and UTM) in order to improve specialized aeronautics training programs, and develop educational programs that will help meet the need for skilled labor. Safran is participating in the Asia Aerospace City (AAC) project supported by the government agency MARA (Majlis Amanah Rakyat), which aims to support the growth of the aviation sector in the region.