Safran in the United States

Safran has operated in the United States for nearly half a century, developing technologies and products that enhance national security and improve performance. Our U.S. customer base includes federal, state and local governments, all branches of the armed forces, airlines, cargo carriers, and many other companies. Safran has established long-standing, successful and growing relationships in the U.S. market, and has become a supplier of choice in the key sectors of aerospace and defense. With approximately 9,000 employees working in 24 states across the U.S., Safran brings world class technologies to U.S. partners.

in the United States
Operating in the United States
for nearly
half a century



Safran is a key supplier to the U.S.industry, providing propulsion systems and aircraft equipment.

Safran's expertise encompasses a broad range of aircraft systems and equipment, including turbine engines, landing systems, advance electric wiring solutions, flight controls, engine nacelles, thrust reversers and power transmissions, as well as jet engines for missiles and target drones. These systems often draw on Safran's world-class expertise in composite materials.

Safran also provides cost-effective maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for a wide range or aircraft, tailored to the quality, cost, and turnaround requirements of a highly competitive market. The LEAP® engine, manufactured by CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE, has been selected by Boeing as the single source engine for its new 737 MAX family. The LEAP engine is designed to bring major improvements in fuel efficiency, emissions and noise, while maintaining the reliability and low cost of its predecessor, the CFM56® engine. With the acquisition of Zodiac Aerospace in 2018, the Group also operates in The United States through Safran Aerosystems, Safran Cabin and Safran Seats.



Safran provides a wide range of advanced technology products for American armed forces. Safran's systems and equipment for military airplanes and helicopters include: helicopter turboshaft engines, landing gear, wheels and carbon brakes, electrical wiring interconnection systems and avionics — ranging from autopilots and flight controls to inertial navigation and data management systems. The Group also supplies advanced portable observation, detection, geolocation and targeting solutions for defense and security applications.


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  • Step of wheels assembly Step of wheels assembly © Peter Taylor / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Steve, Quality Inspector Steve, Quality Inspector © Peter Taylor / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Demoulding of the blade composite after resin injection Demoulding of the blade composite after resin injection © Scott Gable / CAPA Pictures / Safran
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Strong local partnerships

Safran has developed strong local partnerships with key primes. More than four decades ago, Safran and GE partnered to produce the CFM56 engine – the most ubiquitous engine in modern aviation. Other partnerships include CFAN and PTI, which are joint ventures between GE Aviation and Safran companies. With Albany International, Safran is building 3D woven carbon preforms for fan blades and cases for CFM International's LEAP engine, designed to power the nextgeneration single-aisle aircraft. Safran and its affiliates have formed excellent aerospace partnerships with U.S. universities and are participating in several R&D projects involving electrical, electronics, simulation and other types of aerospace engineering capabilities.


Community outreach

Supporting and enriching the local communities in which we operate is a pivotal part of Safran's growing presence in the United States. Our goal at Safran is to make a difference, by supporting people in need such as military veterans, creating a healthier environment, providing STEM educational opportunities for students, while promoting cultural diversity in general. This emphasis on giving back is an important component of Safran's presence in the United States, and further underscores its status as a responsible corporate citizen.

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