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In today's unstable geopolitical context, in the face of many crises making our daily lives increasingly uncertain and our future increasingly unpredictable, Safran is committed to serving sovereignty. Our mission: prevent danger and protect armed forces and populations by supplying armies, navies, air forces and space agencies with the best systems and equipment to meet their needs.
Navigation and timing
Inertia has proved its worth in determining navigation and positioning data accurately: over 50 years ago, Redoutable, the first French device-launching nuclear submarine, was fitted with Safran's inertial systems. The Group has world-class expertise in all inertial navigation technologies (mechanical, thermal, laser, fiber-optic, resonant), and offers systems for both military and civilian sectors, adapted to all operating environments: air, land, sea, and space.
The timing element is critical, both to check the integrity of satellite signals and to secure vital communications. Combining inertial technologies with atomic clocks – considered the most precise timekeepers in the world, Safran offers PNT (Positioning / Navigation / Timing) solutions, which are ultra-reliable even in a GNSS-denied environment. They are also used in critical civilian infrastructures like data centers and digital voting systems.
Optronics is the combination of optics and electronics for image detection, processing and stabilization. With skills we have developed over a period of more than 40 years in this high-tech field, Safran is now number one in Europe for optronic systems for air, land and sea. We offer a full range of very high performance equipment based on ITAR-free and 100% in-house technology. The Group develops solutions to meet the needs of military or paramilitary operations: intelligence, surveillance, detection, reconnaissance, identification and fire control. Safran also designs portable optronic equipment for dismounted warfighters.
Safran strives to constantly improve the safety of dismounted warfighters and help maintain their tactical superiority in all theaters of operation. We provide a number of equipment ranges to meet this objective:
- Portable optronics for observation and fire control, target acquisition systems for infantry and artillery observers,
- Parachutes for personnel and delivery by air, deceleration systems
- Other personal equipment (modular ballistic protection, secure tactical terminals, etc.).
With the full range of equipment we develop, our experience in project management, and our involvement in French and European collaborative research projects, Safran has strong expertise in integrating warfighters in the battlespace and in ensuring continuity in mounted/dismounted combat.
Drones and robotics
Safran has long-standing, world-renowned expertise in developing autonomous solutions for air and land-based platforms. Safran understands and applies all enabling technologies for drone systems, allowing these systems to handle a wide range of missions: surveillance, intelligence, protection, threat detection, collaborative combat and much more. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in tactical drone systems, Safran developed the Patroller™, a tactical, multisensor, long-endurance drone. Chosen by the French army, the Patroller™ is the world's first certified tactical drone. The Group is also developing solutions for land-based vehicles, intended for platforms requiring more autonomous mobility features. These include French (the DGA's FURIOUS) and European (iMUGS) projects.
In the field of defense, protecting national interests, populations and sensitive sites is a constant challenge. The actions taken to meet such a challenge require increased precision, particularly to reduce collateral damage. Ballistic and tactical missiles propulsion has been a center of excellence at Safran for more than half a century. Safran designs, develops and builds solid and aerobic propulsion systems for a wide range of tactical and cruise missiles deployed by air forces, navies and armies: Mistral (very-short-range air-to-air missile), Scalp (long-range air-to-ground missile) – both produced by the European leader in tactical missiles, MBDA Missiles Systems – Milan (light antitank missile), MICA (air defense missile), AASM (guided air-to-ground missile), MdCN (naval cruise missile). Drawing on its expertise in optronics and navigation, Safran designs cutting-edge infrared, laser and INS/GPS guidance kits guaranteeing heightened precision for all types of target and in all operating environments, including GNNS-denied environments.
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