Excellence in Helicopter Propulsion

Safran Helicopter Engines, the world leading manufacturer of rotorcraft turbines, is the only manufacturer dedicated exclusively to this market. Operating worldwide, it has more than 2,500 customers in 155 countries.




Offering the widest range of products, from 500 to 3,000 shaft horsepower, Safran Helicopter Engines has been committed to design and manufacturing excellence for 80 years. The company partners with major helicopter manufacturers across the globe and its products feature aboard the very latest designs, including the brand-new Airbus Helicopters H160 and Bell Helicopter Bell 505.

The company's priorities are to provide its customers with safe, reliable and high-performance engines, to stay focused on their missions and to keep their helicopters flying every day, everywhere.

The company employs 5,620 people around the world, 4,600 of them based in France. It is based at three site across southwest France: Bordes (head office, design office, new engine production), Tarnos (worldwide engine support) and Mantes-Buchelay (control unit and accessory production). Safran Helicopter Engines also operates 13 subsidiaries worldwide.

Subsidiary Safran Power Units is the leading European manufacturer of turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.


worldwide in helicopter engines
1 out of 3
1 out of 3 helicopter engines sold in the world is Safran
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A Safran-powered helicopter takes off every 9 seconds, somewhere in the world
engines in operation

100 % Focused on Safety




Keep you flying in the safest possible condition lies at the heart of our business. Safety has been our watchword since the beginning and it continues to drive everything we do. Today, our best-selling Arriel is as reliable as the CFM56, the benchmark gold standard in commercial aviation.

Our turbines meet the highest safety standards in the industry and we continuously working to surpass them.

We also pro-actively deploy risk-reduction tools such as Safety Management Systems (SMS) in all our activities.


Bruno Even
Franck Saudo



Eric Dalbiès
Eric Dalbiès
Senior Executive Vice-President
Safran Power Units CEO
Mathieu Albert
Mathieu Albert
EVP, Quality and Process Excellence
Cyrille Poetsch
Bruno Bellanger
EVP, Programs
Serge Maillé
Serge Maillé
EVP, Strategy and Development


Florent Chauvancy
Florent Chauvancy
EVP, OEM Sales
François-Xavier Foubert
François-Xavier Foubert
EVP, Operations
Olivier Le Merrer
Olivier Le Merrer
EVP, Support and Services
Didier Nicoud
Didier Nicoud
EVP, Engineering


Giuseppe Curci
Giuseppe Curci
EVP, Finance and Administration
Frédéric Henrion
Frédéric Henrion
EVP, Human Ressources
Frédéric Rascouailles
Frédéric Rascouailles
EVP, Purchasing

A worldwide company

Committed to providing its customers with the most comprehensive and reliable support, the company maintains 13 sites worldwide, offering proximity services and distinct levels of MRO. Nearly 100 Field Representatives and Field Technicians contribute to this surprisingly local network, which also features partnerships with 13 non-Safran repair and overhaul centers, 44 distributors and certified maintenance centers (CMC). CMC employ certified tools and equipment to provide maintenance and overhaul services for at least one Safran model.

For further information regarding our activities in the following countries: 

80 years of engine excellence

Safran Helicopter Engines takes great pride in its record of nearly 80 years' experience building helicopter engines.  Originally known as Turbomeca, the company was founded in 1938 by a Polish engineer, Joseph Szydlowski. In 1955 a Turbomeca Artouste was inside the Alouette II, the first serial-produced turbine-powered helicopter in the world.

Since its foundation, the company has produced 72,000 units. In 2015, the company celebrated 100 million hours flown by these engines.


The Quality Policy of Safran Helicopter Engines is based on objectives that apply to the entire workforce.

Quality is a fundamental factor in maintaining customer satisfaction and assuring that our group achieves the commercial and economic success expected of it. Satisfying our customers is the main priority for each and every employee at Safran Helicopter Engines.

When we talk of product Quality, our aim is to achieve excellent performance levels in all our activities. This means adopting a mindset and an approach to daily work that are characterized by sustained efforts to make improvements every day towards our objective of « zero defect».

We must act to prevent all discrepancies and non-conformities by maintaining a high standard throughout the entire industrial process.

Each employee who joins our company must follow a quality training course adapted to his/her function.

Our suppliers and partners are also an integral part of this initiative and as such, benefit from our total backing and support to carry this objective through to a successful conclusion.

This quality strategy must be distributed, commented on and applied on each site of the Safran so that all employees gain a deeper understanding of our policy and are able to apply it on a daily basis.


Head office:

Safran Helicopter Engines
64511 Bordes

Telephone: +33 (0)5 59 12 50 00

Fax: +33 (0)5 59 53 15 12

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