Defense means the ongoing protection of nations, people and infrastructure. The defense systems deployed to meet this goal demand ever-greater precision, especially to avoid collateral damage. Safran therefore focuses on developing new solutions for sights and fire control systems. Based on state-of-the-art technologies, these guidance systems are used to track and engage targets with maximized accuracy. They are used in Artillery, Armored vehicles and Aircraft.
In addition to these guidance systems, Safran also offers pointing systems to ensure the correct positioning of weapons to hit their target. These two types of systems ensure high-precision artillery firing. The underlying laser gyro technologies are used on Guns, Rocket launchers and Portable mortars.
Sighting systems for armored vehicles, like the Savan 15, also deliver very high performance. This day/night fire control system supports all operational scenarios: stationary or on the move, against fixed or moving targets, and on rough terrain. These systems can be installed on new vehicles, or as retrofit options for modernization programs.
Unrivaled worldwide capabilities
For military aircraft, Safran boasts a major competitive advantage, namely our technological expertise in infrared devices and image processing, inertial systems based on hemispherical resonator gyros (HRG) and laser guidance. These capabilities, unrivaled worldwide, have enabled us to develop a family of precision guided air-to-ground weapons: AASM (Armement Air-Sol Modulaire, or Modular Air-to-Ground Weapon). Offering several guidance modes and a thrust augmentation kit attached to standard bombs, the AASM can be fired in salvos to handle multiple targets, day or night, under any weather conditions.
The seeker is a specialized guidance device for missiles. Combining our expertise in optronics and guidance, we developed the infrared seekers for the Mistral and Mica missiles, the latter carried by the Rafale and Mirage 2000-5 fighters. This is one of the highest-performance air-to-air missiles in the world, in large part due to its seeker.
Working with Europe's leading missile manufacturer MBDA, Safran develops infrared seekers for the MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée) medium-range missile, which will replace the current-generation Milan in 2017. We are also working on the guidance system for the FASGW (Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon), a light antiship missile.
Safran Electronics & Defense (guidance) : Safran designs, develops and produces guidance and pointing systems for weapon systems and missile. They are used on land vehicles, artillery and aboard fighter jets.