The Minister for the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, visits Safran Electronics & Defense Eragny-sur-Oise's site
On May 25, Ross McInnes, Safran's Chairman of the Board, Philippe Petitcolin, Safran's Chief Executive Officer and Martin Sion, Safran Electronics & Defense's CEO, welcomed Florence Parly, Minister for the Armed Forces, to the Safran Electronics & Defense site in Eragny- sur-Oise (France).
On this occasion, the Minister met company employees to express her gratitude for their commitment to the service of the armed forces, especially during the lockdown.
This visit was an opportunity to highlight the key role played by Safran in the defense of our country. Through its contribution to the deterrent force, but also thanks to the performance of its equipment - navigation and observation systems, tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAV), parachutes, engines for helicopter and fighter aircraft, etc., the Group is a major player in the sovereignty of France. European leader in the infrared seeker sector, tactical air-ground weapons, target geolocation, platform stabilization and navigation as well as tactical UAV, the Eragny site is at the heart of this mission of serving the armed forces.
The increased importance of defense activities, in a context where the civilian aeronautical market is suffering from the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, was also recalled. With several thousand jobs with high added value, within large groups as in many SMEs, the defense sector is indeed a major lever for recovery. Through its innovative projects aimed to guarantee the technological superiority of the French forces, Safran is determined to make its contribution.
The visit also offered the Minister the opportunity to discover the many initiatives taken by Group employees to help protect caregivers and patients from COVID-19. Manufacture and donation of masks, gowns and visors, adaptation of existing materials, such as the MISTRAL mask from the FELIN equipment delivered to the armed forces with more than 20,000 kits or the DECATHLON’s Easybreath mask, design of a reusable FFP2 mask, production of parts for respirators… the industrial capacities (3D printing) and the expertise of all of Safran's companies (oxygen masks, parachute cloth, etc.) have been mobilized.