Snecma and Snecma Propulsion Solide to provide propulsion systems for new batch of 35 Ariane 5 ECA launchers

Paris, February 16, 2009

On January 30 at European Space Agency headquarters in Paris, Snecma (SAFRAN Group) and Astrium Space Transportation signed the propulsion contract for the 35 Ariane 5 ECA launchers that Arianespace has ordered from Astrium ("PB" batch). Astrium is the prime contractor for the Ariane 5 launch vehicle. That same day, Astrium Space Transportation signed a contract concerning the solid rocket motors for these 35 launchers with Europropulsion, a joint venture including SAFRAN company Snecma Propulsion Solide.

Snecma is the cryogenic propulsion prime contractor for Europe's launcher, supplying the HM7B and Vulcain 2 engines to Astrium, along with equipment for the main stage and upper stage propulsion systems. Equipment deliveries for the PB batch will start in mid-2009, with the first engines to be delivered in January 2010. Deliveries will stretch over a period of five years.

Snecma Propulsion Solide co-produces the MPS solid rocket motors for Ariane 5 through Europropulsion, an equal joint venture of SAFRAN and Avio of Italy. Each MPS produces over 1.4 million pounds of thrust. Deliveries of the solid rocket motors will start in the first quarter of 2010.

The contract for the previous "PA" batch was signed in 2004. Snecma and Snecma Propulsion Solide will complete deliveries of their propulsion assemblies for this order in 2009 and 2010, respectively.


SAFRAN is an international high-technology group with leadership positions in its core businesses of aerospace propulsion, aircraft equipment, and defense security. The SAFRAN Group employs about 54,000 people in over 30 countries and generates revenue of more than €10 billion. It comprises many companies with prestigious brand names and holds, alone or in partnership, global or European leadership positions in its markets. SAFRAN is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and its share is included in the SBF 120 and Euronext 100 indices.

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