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Protecting citizens by offering armed forces defense solutions that prevent dangers and ensure geopolitical stability is essential in preparing for the future and shielding people from risks. Safran offers a wide range of defense systems and equipment, deployed by armies, navies and air forces from around the world.
Navigation and guidance
Safran has developed world-class expertise in the enabling technologies for inertial navigation (mechanical, thermal, laser, fiber-optic, resonant), which means we offer systems adapted to all operating environments.
Protecting nations, populations and high-value sites is an ongoing challenge. The defense systems used have to offer ever-greater precision, especially to prevent collateral damage. That’s why we’re developing new sights and fire control systems. Incorporating the latest technologies, these systems ensure high-precision target tracking and engagement for artillery, armored vehicles and aircraft.
Optronics, also known as electro-optical (EO) equipment, is used for image detection, processing and stabilization. Safran is a world leader in this high-tech field, offering a complete range of optronic systems and equipment for defense applications (submarines and surface vessels, combat vehicles, aircraft, etc.). We’re a recognized specialist in protection systems for surface vessels, including aircraft carriers, frigates, corvettes and patrol boats, with complete packages or modular solutions to handle passive monitoring, surveillance, observation, early warning and other critical functions. In addition we’re a well-known supplier of multifunction portable optronic devices, such as the JIM family of infrared binoculars.
Drones and robotics
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, we’re now developing the Patroller™, a tactical, multisensor, long-endurance drone that has already been chosen by the French army. In addition, we’re developing the eRider, an autonomous all-wheel drive hybrid vehicle, configurable for a wide range of missions. The integration of these autonomous vehicles in both military and civil environments, including tight urban spaces, is one of Safran’s top research objectives.
Safran has built up wide-ranging expertise in integrating warfighters in the modern battlespace. Portable optronics, target acquisition systems for infantry and artillery observers, radio modules, secure tactical terminals, parachutes… Through these advanced solutions, Safran helps maintain infantry soldiers’ integrity and tactical superiority in all theaters of operation. We are also actively involved in a number of research programs, with both governments and industry partners, to develop innovative new technologies. These advances will underpin the warfighter’s individual and collective capabilities, including positioning and navigation, observation and identification, mobility aid, energy sources and connectivity.
Missile propulsion has been a center of excellence at Safran for more than half a century. Safran. Part of a ballistic missile’s course is determined solely by gravity and drag. But prior to ballistic flight there’s a boost phase, using a propulsion system that sends it on its way towards the target.
We provide propulsion systems for the European leader in tactical missiles, MBDA Missiles Systems, including the Mistral very-short-range air-to-air missile, the long-range Scalp air-to-ground missile, and its derivative, Storm Shadow.
Safran also teams up with Roxel, a 50/50 joint company with MBDA. Through this partnership, we design, develop and build solid propulsion systems for a wide range of tactical missiles deployed by air forces, navies and armies: Milan (light antitank missile), MICA (air defense missile), AASM (guided air-to-ground missile), MdCN (naval cruise missile).
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