Defense

The U.S. military is meeting its airlift, refueling, support and training missions equipped with products manufactured and supported by Safran.

As a leading supplier to the global defense sector, Safran is helping America’s armed forces and those of allied nations around the world meet their missions with a wide range of advanced technologies – many of which are produced and supported by Safran businesses in the United States.

Through its Turbomeca operation, Safran provides turbine turboshaft engines used on military helicopters that include the U.S. Army’s UH-72A Lakota and H-65 Dolphin of the U.S. Coast Guard. Turbine blades, rotating parts and fabricated parts for Turbomeca engines also are built at a 100,000-sq. ft. production facility in Monroe, North Carolina.

In the U.S., Safran landing systems – including wheels and brakes – are manufactured by the company’s Messier-Bugatti-Dowty at an industrial site in Walton, Kentucky – which is supported by offices in Virginia and Washington, along with a repair station in Florida. Its equipment is used on many operational U.S. military aircraft, including the F/A-18 fighter, C-17 airlifter, KC-135 aerial tanker and the tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey.

Safran also provides wiring solutions for a variety of American combat aircraft (Boeing F-22, Lockheed Martin F-16 and more) through its Labinal Power Systems operating unit.

In addition, avionics systems and equipment from Safran are in service with armed forces all over the world, from autopilots and flight controls to inertial navigation and data management systems that are tailored to the specific mission requirements of military aircraft and helicopters. This activity in the United States is handled by Texas-based Sagem Avionics Inc. – a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Safran group company Sagem – from its 66,000-sq. ft. facility.

Microturbo Inc. produces and maintains TR60-5 turbojet engines for the U.S. Army’s and U.S. Navy’s BQM167 aerial targets, having delivered more than 1,000 such powerplants, along with starting systems used in the U.S. Navy Hawk T-45 and Canadian Air Force Hawk 115 trainers.

Other Safran capabilities for the U.S. defense market include Vectronix Inc., which supplies observation and location solutions for customers that include the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy and Air Force; and Morpho Detection, a leading supplier of detection systems for explosives, narcotics and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) material.

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