Safran in Russia


Safran Russia at a glance

Safran is a leading partner in the Russian aerospace market. Its presence in Russia is built on a sustained industrial partnership policy, established during 30 years in this market. Safran set down roots in Russia in 1991 by opening a representative office in Moscow.



Safran's office in Russia




Safran's office in Russia is located in Moscow, and represents the Group throughout the country. It is the interface between Safran companies and Russian's aerospace industry.

Safran's Russia office, managed by Cyrille Lebedeff, Safran Country Delegate for Russia, represents all Group companies in the country. It is also tasked with monitoring and analyzing economic and political developments in relation to Safran's businesses.

Safran's Russia office objectives :

  • Support the development of Group companies in Russia.
  • Provide strategic services (political and administrative contacts, etc.), as well as legal, human resources, tax and accounting support, etc.
  • Coordinate the operations of Group companies in Russia.
  • Assist Group companies in choosing local partners, and ensure the trouble-free operation of joint programs with Russian companies and organizations.





Core values


Jean-Paul Herteman inaugurated Safran's new offices in Russia on December 19, 2013 in a ceremony attended by Bruno Cotté, Executive Vice President, International, and Bruno Even, CEO of Safran Electronics & Defense. Located in the historic center of Moscow, these offices span some 1,200 square meters (12,960 sq ft), and house representatives of all Safran companies with operations in Russia.

The Safran group's core values of integrity, teamwork and innovation form the bedrock of its operations in Russia.


Safran's expanding presence in Russia is also reflected in larger workforces in all our core businesses. One of our major objectives is to capitalize on the acknowledged expertise of Russian engineers, and the country's vast intellectual potential, to address the challenges of our high-tech markets. We are teaming up with our Russian partners in an approach based on sharing knowledge to foster better mutual understanding and advancement.


This approach is anchored in a commitment to providing all employees, especially young engineers, with a secure, yet motivating workplace, where they can express the full measure of their talents.



of operations in Russia
Safran companies
contribute to the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jet
More than
Russian jetliners
powered by CFM56 engines



Safran has operated in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) for 30 years. It now has four joint ventures and three subsidiaries, located in different places in the country (Moscow, Rybinsk, Samara and Komsomolsk-on-Amur), with a total of nearly 500 employees.

PowerJet is in charge of the SaM146 engine for Russia's Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jet. Safran's propulsion specialist Safran Aircraft Engines and PJSC «UEC-Saturn» created four joint ventures: 

  • VolgAero produces parts for the SaM146 and other engines made by its parent companies.
  • Poluevo Invest oversees engine tests and manages an open-air engine test stand.
  • Smartec is a design office.



A long-term commitment

Safran has been committed to active industrial cooperation with Russian industry in the aerospace market. Since the Moscow office opened in 1991, Safran has constantly bolstered its presence by applying a policy of mutually beneficial partnerships.

In 2009, a Memorandum of partnership and cooperation between State Corporation Rostec and Safran was signed and in 2010, Safran signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Russian Union of Aviation Industrialists to strengthen cooperation between the two countries' aviation industries. The PowerJet JV created in 2004 to oversee the SaM146 engine powering the Sukhoi Superjet 100 is symbolic of the strong industrial and commercial ties between France and Russia in this sector.

Le jeudi 20 mai 2010 Safran Aircraft Engines a expédié le premier corps haute pression de série du moteur SaM146 à Rybinsk, chez son partenaire Russe UEC Saturn. Ce corps sera assemblé courant juin avec les modules basse pression de UEC Saturn pour constituer le tout premier moteur SaM146 de série. Il sera ensuite livré en juillet au site de Komsomolk-sur-Amour pour assemblage de la nacelle.
le moteur SaM146 est produit dans le cadre de PowerJet, société commune entre Safran Aircraft Engines (groupe Safran) et UEC Saturn (Russie). Ce moteur, destiné à l'aviation régionale, équipe le nouvel avion Sukhoï Superjet 100.


Major programs


CFM56 and leap commercial jet engines

Safran supplies CFM56® and LEAP® engines to Russian airlines and supports the development of Russian air transport through CFM International, a 50/50 joint company.

Visual inspection

Nearly 400 single aisle aircraft powered by CFM56 engines are operated by more than twenty Russian customers, including airlines VIP operators and freighters. Aeroflot Russian Airlines has been a CFM customer since 1998. CFM56 engines also power aircraft for airlines in other CIS countries, namely Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia and Turkmenistan. Aeroflot has earned TRUEngineTM status for 103 of the CFM56-5B engines powering their A320 family aircraft. The TRUEngineTM designation is available to all CFM56 engines meeting predefined criteria.

Since 2000, Safran Aircraft Engines' strategic partner PJSC «UEC-Saturn» has manufactured parts for all versions of the CFM56, including guide vanes, cast structural parts, and machined rotating parts, in a range of materials.In 2012, Aviation Capital Services LLC, a subsidiary of the State Corporation Russian Technologies (Rostech), has been the first Russian customer to order B737 MAX powered by the new generation LEAP-1B engines. The LEAP-1B engine is the exclusive powerplant for the Boeing 737 MAX family. The first engine began ground testing in June 2014, three days ahead of the schedule set when the program was launched in 2011.

CFM is the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, with more than 27,800 delivered to about 550 operators around the globe.

For all the CFM56 and LEAP engines we offer a full slate of innovative services and a global maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) network, giving operators maximum dispatch reliability and minimum operating costs throughout their engines' lifecycle.

CFM, CFM56, LEAP and the CFM logo are trademarks of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE.


SaM146: performance and adaptability

The new standard in regional jet engines, the SaM146 is produced and marketed by PowerJet, a 50/50 company of Safran Aircraft Engines and Russian enginemaker Saturn. Developing 15,400 to 17,800 pounds of thrust, the SaM146 was chosen to power Russia's new Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100).

Safran Aircraft Engines developed and produces the SaM146 engine for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jet through PowerJet, a 50/50 joint company with Russian engine-maker NPO Saturn. Right from the time it entered revenue service, the SaM146 clearly demonstrated its adaptability to all operating environments, and excellent dispatch reliability despite its intensive use.

Availability, reliability and low operating costs are the watchwords in regional aviation, because these "high-cycle" aircraft see intensive daily use.

Designed to meet these challenges, the SaM146 is a complete integrated propulsion system, developed by Safran Aircraft Engines and NPO Saturn through PowerJet, their 50/50 joint company. The SaM146 is purpose-designed for the new-generation Superjet 100 regional jet, and develops 15,400 to 17,800 lbs of thrust, in different versions. Its architecture is derived from the industry-leading CFM56 turbofan, meaning that it benefits from Safran Aircraft Engines's top technologies, in particular 3D aero design. Because of these advanced technologies, coupled with fewer stages, the SaM146 offers significant advantages over other engines in its thrust class, in terms of fuel consumption, environmental footprint and maintenance.

Since entering service in 2011, the SaM146 has posted an exceptional dispatch reliability rate of 99.9%, adaptability to all operating environments, and maintenance costs up to 20% less than comparable engines.

The SaM146 is available in two versions, the 1S17 and 1S18. The latter extends the SSJ100's range, using a simple software modification. Certified in 2012 by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), the 1S18 version of the SaM146 develops 17,800 lbs of thrust and powers the Long Range and Business Jet versions of the SSJ100. The Long Range version has been selected by the airline Gazpromavia.


PowerJet also offers all SSJ100 operators a complete range of dedicated support services, under the PowerLifeTM label.

Safran companies involved in the Sukhoi Superjet 100

Lots of Safran companies contribute to the SSJ100, including roles on the engine : Safran Aircraft Engines, Safran Transmission Systems, Safran Aero Boosters, Safran Ceramics, Safran Electronics & Defense, Safran Nacelles, Safran Landing Systems and others.

More than
150 000
flight hours
Dispatch reliability rate of
Maintenance costs up to
than comparable engines

Helicopter engines


Safran is also building collaboration with Russian helicopter manufacturers on turbine engines, a key sector in the Russian aviation industry.

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed two agreements with the helicopter manufacturer Kamov. The Arrius 2G1 has been selected by Russian Helicopters to power the twin-engine Ka-226T light helicopter. The Ardiden 3G will power the Russian Helicopters Ka-62. It underwent first bench tests in 2013 and will complete certification testing in 2015.

On May 17, 2012 at the HeliRussia Exhibition held in Moscow, UTair-Engineering (the largest MRO operator for helicopters of domestic and foreign production in Russia) and Turbomeca Germany GmbH signed an agreement for the construction of a new MRO Center for the helicopter engines and their components. The purpose of this agreement is to expand and improve areas of cooperation between Safran Helicopter Engines and UTair-Engineering. 

In June 2012, Russian Helicopters, one of the world's leading helicopter manufacturers and part of Russian state defense holding Oboronprom, and Safran Helicopter Engines have signed a general agreement for support of Safran Helicopter Engines helicopter engines in Russia.

Such an agreement plans for Helicopter Service Company, part of Russian Helicopters group, to provide engine support services in Russia for the engines manufactured by Safran Helicopter Engines and used in Russian Helicopters' new light-class Ka-226T and medium twin Ka-62 models operated by Russian military and governmental customers.



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