Safran in South Korea

Operating in East Asia for over a century, Safran expanded its presence to include South Korea in the 1980s, in both the aerospace and defense markets. Slightly over two years ago, we created Safran Korea, based in Seoul.

CFM56® engines
in service
largest international customer
for shipborne inertial navigation systems
helicopter turbine engines
in service



Today, 130 CFM56® engines, developed and produced by CFM International (the 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE), power jetliners for Korean Air (KAL), Asiana Airlines (AAR) and Jeju Airlines. Safran has also supplied nearly 30 nacelles and the fuselage wiring systems for the Airbus A380 super-jumbos operated by South Korean airlines, including Asiana Airlines, the country's second leading carrier.

Safran also provides turbine engines for helicopters deployed in the country. Nearly 90 Safran engines are now in service on several different helicopter types, and Safran engines have been chosen to power the South Korean LCH and LAH helicopters, jointly developed by Airbus Helicopters and Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI). Safran will provide the Arriel 2C2 for the civil version, LCH, and the Arriel 2L2 for the military version, LAH, to be built in partnership with Hanwha Techwin. Safran also provides the avionics suite on the KHP/SURION helicopter.



Safran contributes to several large-scale Korean military programs: KAI's T50 Golden Eagle supersonic trainer; the KHP/SURION helicopter, FFX frigates and KSS-III submarines, and major land vehicle programs.

South Korea operates the largest fleet of Safran land vehicle sights after France, with nearly 1,300 installed on K1 armored vehicles and BIHO air defense vehicles. It is also Safran's second largest customer for naval inertial navigation systems: Safran's SIGMA 40 systems are deployed by the Korean navy as original equipment or retrofits on surface ships (PKX patrol boats, FFX frigates) and submarines (U-209-KSS-1). Safran also supplies the periscope system for the KSS3 submarine and the Vampir MB infrared search & track (IRST) system for the LPX helicopter carrier.

Safran has formed several partnerships with local companies. For example, Safran teams up with S&T to make Dagaie decoy dispensers, deployed by the Republic of Korea Navy, and with Hyundai WIA for the licensed production of landing gear for KAI's T50 and FA50 trainers.

In the space sector, Safran provides pyrotechnic components to Korean space agency KARI for its KSLV-1 launch vehicle.

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