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Defense

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.

HRG (Hemispherical Resonator Gyroscopes)

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.

 

No. 1
in Europe for inertial navigation systems
No. 1
worldwide in resilient timing and atomic clocks
Safran launches a new family of naval inertial navigation systems:Geonyx, Argonyx et Black-Onyx
Safran launches a new family of naval inertial navigation systems:Geonyx, Argonyx et Black-Onyx
Safran launches a new family of naval inertial navigation systems:Geonyx, Argonyx et Black-Onyx
© Adrien Daste / Safran
Sigma 30 INS
Sigma 30 INS
Sigma 30 INS
© Adrien Daste / Safran At Eurosatory 2016, the international defense and…
HRG Crystal - Euronaval 2018
HRG Crystal - Euronaval 2018
HRG Crystal - Euronaval 2018
© Adrien Daste / Safran
Ballistic missile submarines (SSBN)
Ballistic missile submarines (SSBN)
Ballistic missile submarines (SSBN)
© Ewan Lebourdais The French defense procurement agency DGA has…
NAVKITE PNT system
NAVKITE PNT system
NAVKITE PNT system
© Adrien Daste / Safran
Mineo sight
Mineo sight
Mineo sight
© Adrien Daste / Safran
JIM COMPACT STERNA

Electro-optical 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.

No. 1
in optronics
1,000
Euroflir systems delivered or on order
25,000
land vehicles with our optronic and inertial navigation solutions
Series 30 optronics masts and Séries 10 CSR compact submarine radar (Safran Electronics & Defense)
Series 30 optronics masts and Séries 10 CSR compact submarine radar (Safran Electronics & Defense)
Series 30 optronics masts and Séries 10 CSR compact submarine radar (Safran Electronics & Defense)
© Adrien Daste / Safran
SATIS XLR - Euronaval 2018
SATIS XLR - Euronaval 2018
SATIS XLR - Euronaval 2018
© Adrien Daste / Safran
Euroflir 410
Euroflir 410
Euroflir 410
© Adrien Daste / Safran
Paseo sight
Paseo sight
Paseo sight
© Adrien Daste / Safran
Mineo sight
Mineo sight
Mineo sight
© Adrien Daste / Safran
Vigy Observer
Vigy Observer
Vigy Observer
© Daniel Linares / Safran Vigy Observer is a panoramic, stabilized…
PHANTOM canopy of the tactical parachute MMS 360

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.

23,000
warfighter systems delivered to the French army
15,000
JIM family multifunctional binocular systems sold
15 +
NATO countries use the EPC parachute
JIM COMPACT (lightweight, multifunctional and long range binocular with advanced connectivity)
& STERNA (Infantry Target Acquisition System) on Tripod

Infantryman with Osteophonic band & GETAC tablet (SICS disembarked)
JIM COMPACT (lightweight, multifunctional and long range binocular with advanced connectivity)
& STERNA (Infantry Target Acquisition System) on Tripod

Infantryman with Osteophonic band & GETAC tablet (SICS disembarked)
JIM COMPACT (lightweight, multifunctional and long range binocular with advanced connectivity) & STERNA (Infantry Target Acquisition System) on Tripod Infantryman with Osteophonic band & GETAC tablet (SICS disembarked)
© Adrien Daste / Safran
MMS 400 HG high-performance multi-mission parachute
SMT parachute
SMT parachute
© Adrien Daste / Safran MMS 400 HG high-performance multi-mission…
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Parachute tactique de Safran Electronics & Defense MMS 360
Parachute tactique de Safran Electronics & Defense MMS 360
© Adrien Daste / Safran
SAF2021_0367506
MOSKITO TI
MOSKITO TI
© Tom Weber / MILPICTURES
JIM LR:Long-range multifunction cooled infrared binoculars
JIM LR:Long-range multifunction cooled infrared binoculars
JIM LR:Long-range multifunction cooled infrared binoculars
© Adrien Daste / Safran
EPC parachute
EPC parachute
EPC parachute
© Adrien Daste / Safran Hemispherical / Round parachute
Patroller

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.

No. 1
in Europe for tactical drones
20 +
hours of endurance for the Patroller drone
eRider: autonomous multi-mission platform
eRider: autonomous multi-mission platform
eRider: autonomous multi-mission platform
© Adrien Daste / Safran
SAF2021_0368976
Patroller
Patroller
© Safran
Patroller
Patroller
Patroller
© Olivier Lapy / Safran Long endurance Patroller UAV designed for a wide…
Screen control of Patroller
Screen control of Patroller
Screen control of Patroller
© Adrien Daste / Safran At Eurosatory 2016, the international defense and…
Drone Patroller
Drone Patroller
Drone Patroller
© Adrien Daste / Safran
Barakuda robot
Barakuda robot
Barakuda robot
© Adrien Daste / Safran
THeMIS platform by Milrem Robotics, iMUGS European project
Véhicule Themis iMUGS
Véhicule Themis iMUGS
© Nexter Robotics THeMIS platform by Milrem Robotics, iMUGS…
Two collaborators work on the Turbojet TR60-30 model 221 that equips the Scalp EG Storm Shadow Missile of MBDA

Missile propulsion

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.

 

Turbojet TR60-30 model 221 that equips the Scalp EG Storm Shadow Missile of MBDA
Turbojet TR60-30 model 221 that equips the Scalp EG Storm Shadow Missile of MBDA
Turbojet TR60-30 model 221 that equips the Scalp EG Storm Shadow Missile of MBDA
© Philippe Stroppa / Safran
SAF2016_0216985
Intégration d'un autodirecteur infrarouge
Intégration d'un autodirecteur infrarouge
© Cyril Abad / CAPA Pictures / Safran
SAF2018_0265204
Deux collaborateurs travaillent sur le Turboréacteur TR60-30 modèle 221 qui équipe le missile Scalp EG Storm Shadow de MBDA
Deux collaborateurs travaillent sur le Turboréacteur TR60-30 modèle 221 qui équipe le missile Scalp EG Storm Shadow de MBDA
© Philippe Stroppa / Safran
MICA missil on Rafale
MICA missil on Rafale
MICA missil on Rafale
© Alexandre Paringaux / Safran The MICA missile are equipped by infrared seekers…
Rafale equipped with AASM
Rafale equipped with AASM
Rafale equipped with AASM
© Alexandre Paringaux / Safran AASM (the French acronym for “modular air-to…
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  • © Philippe Stroppa / Safran
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