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    2014.12.18 | | Morpho’s Itemiser 4DX receives ECAC approval for explosives screening

    Paris, France, December 18, 2014 - Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced the Itemiser® 4DX explosives trace detector (ETD) has successfully completed European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Common Evaluation Process (CEP). As a result, Itemiser 4DX is now approved for airport screening of passengers and baggage throughout ECAC's 44 member nations. Built on the industry-leading Itemiser® ETD platform, Itemiser 4DX delivers advanced explosives detection and screening capabilities powered by a non-radioactive ITMSTM (Ion Trap Mobility Spectrometer) source. Optimized for ease-of-use and mobility, Itemiser 4DX eliminates the administrative, regulatory, storage and shipping requirements associated with a radiation-emitting trace detection source. “The quick approval of Itemiser 4DX by ECAC validates its detection and security capabilities to help airports meet current and emerging threats and regulatory mandates,” said Karen Bomba, president and CEO, Morpho Detection. “Combined with a global service footprint and rapid-response capabilities, Morpho offers a comprehensive, unmatched end-to-end solution.” By leveraging long-life consumables and internal calibration, Itemiser 4DX seeks to minimize operational costs for airports and air cargo facilities, law enforcement agencies and government and critical infrastructure installations. About Morpho Detection Morpho Detection, part of Morpho, Safran’s (PAR: SAF) security business, is a leading supplier of explosives and narcotics and chemical, radiological, and nuclear detection systems for government, military, air and ground transportation, first responder, critical infrastructure and other high-risk organizations. Morpho Detection integrates computed tomography, Raman spectroscopy, trace (ITMS™), mass spectrometry, X-ray and X-ray Diffraction technologies into solutions that can make security activities more accurate, productive and efficient. Morpho Detection’s solutions are deployed to help protect people and property the world over.
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    2014.12.11 | | Boeing selects Aircelle to supply titanium exhaust systems for engines on the new 777X jetliner

    Le Havre, France, December 11, 2014 – Aircelle (Safran) will produce titanium exhaust systems for the new 777X commercial jetliner, marking the nacelle manufacturer’s first major supplier win with Boeing. These exhaust systems will equip the 777X’s two GE9X turbofan engines from GE Aviation, providing the benefits of lower mass, along with increased resistance to heat with the use of Aircelle processes for titanium high-temperature applications. The exhaust system includes acoustically-treated areas for a reduced noise level signature. “Our selection opens up a new relationship with Boeing, and reinforces Aircelle’s role as a world-leading supplier of engine nacelles” said Aircelle Chairman and CEO Martin Sion. “It also demonstrates how Aircelle continues to apply innovation to all components of an engine nacelle. In addition, this industrial package increases the Safran group’s overall participation in the 777X program.” Based on its experience and proprietary database, Aircelle has optimized the design and manufacturing processes in metallics for nacelle applications, and developed methods of predicting titanium’s performance in commercial exhaust systems. “Aircelle earned its way into the 777X supply chain through a proven record of quality performance in the industry and a commitment to meet the affordability requirements of our airline customers,” said Bob Noble, vice president, Partnering for Success, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management. “We look forward to building on the collaboration that led to this agreement.” Through its selection by Boeing, Aircelle has become an active member of the 777X design team, and the company engineers already are working closely with the aircraft manufacturer to meet the next program milestone. About Aircelle Aircelle is the second largest nacelle systems provider worldwide, and the leader globally for nacelles on top-of-the-line business jets. A subsidiary of Safran, it employs 3,800 people at seven sites in France, the United Kingdom and Morocco. Aircelle provides nacelle systems for all the market segments, from regional and business aircraft to the largest airliners. Aircelle also is developing the worldwide customer support and service activity for nacelles and their components.
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    2014.12.10 | | Turbomeca celebrates Arrius 2B2plus entry-into-service on EC135 T3

    Bordes, December 10, 2014 - Turbomeca (Safran) announces the entry-into-service of its Arrius 2B2plus on the EC135 T3. Airbus Helicopters has celebrated the entry-into-service of the first production EC135 T3 to Italy’s Aiut Alpin Dolomites, a mountain rescue operator, during a ceremony in Pontives, Italy. Specifically developed to power light helicopters, the Arrius 2B2plus was certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 10 September 2014. The 2B2plus is the latest member of the Arrius family, which has recorded seven million flight hours and is the most used engine family of its class on the market. In addition to its unmatched reliability, it offers a number of advantages over existing models : the engine delivers a six per cent power increase in hot and high conditions compared to the earlier 2B2 version, strongly contributing to the T3’s ability to carry 200 kg extra payload at the same altitude. When combined with low fuel consumption, the 4,000 hours TBO (Time Between Overhaul) makes the 2B2plus the most competitive engine in its class. Its flight profile widens the safety margin within demanding missions, such as EMS missions, flying over congested areas, where a strong single-engine performance is required. The 2B2plus has a simple and modern design that makes maintenance easier. Customers also benefit from a computerized maintenance aid that makes use of recorded data from the Engine Electronic Control Unit. All these benefits are available at the same direct maintenance cost (DMC) as the previous 2B2 version. Furthermore, all current tools and parts are still applicable and no additional training is required. To date, 650 customers across 75 countries have chosen the Arrius to power their helicopter fleets and Turbomeca has sold more than 3,000 units. Proven reliability, coupled with Turbomeca’s renowned service and support capabilities, make Arrius the best engine for critical missions. Turbomeca (Safran) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced 70,000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. Offering the widest range of engines in the world and dedicated to 2,500 customers in 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 15 sites, 30 proximity maintenance centers, 18 Repair & Overhaul Centers, and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.

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