Safran in Russia

Safran has continued to expand its presence in Russia for over 30 years, mainly through major industrial partnerships. As early as 1990, Safran started working with UEC Saturn on space propulsion systems. Eleven years later, the two companies kicked off the development of a new regional jet engine, the SaM146, which would be selected in 2003 by Sukhoi for what would become the Superjet 100. Safran and UEC Saturn created PowerJet in 2004 to manage the SaM146 program. Since opening its Moscow office in 1991, Safran has formed other partnerships with Russian companies. Today, Safran has four joint ventures and three subsidiaries in the country, located in Moscow, Rybinsk, Samara and Komsomolsk-on-Amur, with a total of more than 600 employees.

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Safran is a major partner to the Russian aviation industry, based on a wide range of alliances and collaboration agreements concerning the development, production and sale of propulsion systems for airplanes and helicopters. For more than 20 years now, Safran has supplied CFM56®* turboshaft engines (developed, built and sold by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE) to Russian airlines including Aeroflot and S7. The SaM146, which powers the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jet, entered service in 2011. Since then it has logged an exceptional dispatch reliability rate of 99.9 %, while adapting to all operating environments and recording maintenance costs up to 20% lower than other engines in its class. After creating PowerJet, Safran and UEC Saturn created two other equally-owned companies, both based in Rybinsk: VolgAero (2005), which makes parts for the SaM146 and CFM56 engines, and Poluevo (2007), to build and operate the open-air engine test cell.

Safran has also set up partnerships on helicopter turbine engines with manufacturers such as Russian Helicopters. Kamov, a Russian Helicopters company, has already chosen Safran turboshaft engines for two of its machines: the Arrius 2G1 for the Ka 226T twin-engine, twin-rotor helicopter, and the Ardiden 3G for the Ka-62. The Safran-powered Ka-62 made its first flight in April 2016.

Safran also works with Russian airlines as a supplier of onboard flight-data processing interfaces.





  • Spare engine SaM146Spare engine SaM146© Philippe Stroppa / Safran
  • SaM146 - Module assembly - NPO workshop 80SaM146 - Module assembly - NPO workshop 80© Denis Mitrofanov / Safran
  • SaM146 - AssemblySaM146 - Assembly© Denis Mitrofanov / Safran
  • Nacelle assembly on engine SaM146Nacelle assembly on engine SaM146© Vladimir Borodine / Safran
  • Superjet 100Superjet 100© Eric Drouin / Safran




A key russian partner

Safran has an excellent long-term outlook in the Russian market. Its major current objective is to bolster collaboration with its partners and customers, including private manufacturers such as UAC (United Aircraft Corporation) and UEC (United Engine Corporation), but also state agencies and institutions. The Group's collaboration with Russia on Research & Development is a key component in Safran's corporate strategy. Safran's aviation companies are already carrying out joint R&D work with Russian counterparts.


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