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 more than 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, Bell 505, Leonardo AW189K, Avicopter AC352, Russian Helicopters Ka-62, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited LUH and Korea Aerospace Industries LCH.

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

The company employs 5,900 people around the world, 4,800 of them in France. It is located at three site in 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 offers a comprehensive and efficient support network through 12 worldwide subsidiaries, providing local support and wide availability of maintenance, repair and overhauld (MRO) services.

A subsidiary, Safran Power Units, manufactures auxiliary power units (APU) and starting systems for civil and military aircraft, plus turbojet engines for missiles and target drones. Located in Toulouse, southern France, it is a world leader in its field, with over 21,000 systems delivered worldwide since its creation in 1961.


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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
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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
Frédéric Bugeon
Frédéric Bugeon
EVP, Strategy and Development


Bernard Barussaud
Bernard Barussaud
EVP, Operations
Florent Chauvancy
Florent Chauvancy
EVP, OEM Sales
Sébastien Jaulerry
Sébastien Jaulerry
EVP, Support and Services
Didier Nicoud
Didier Nicoud
EVP, Engineering


Giuseppe Curci
Giuseppe Curci
EVP, Finance and Administration
Bettina Frey
Bettina Frey
EVP, Communications
Frédéric Henrion
Frédéric Henrion
EVP, Human Ressources
Patrick Prulhiere
Patrick Prulhiere
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 75,000 units. In 2015, the company celebrated 100 million hours flown by these engines.

Gender Equality

Safran Helicopter Engines rating  (published in 2021): 89/100


Criterion No. 1: Difference in average salary between men and women 39/40
Criterion No. 2: Comparison of the percentage of men and women having received a raise 20/20
Criterion No. 3: Comparison of the percentage of men and women having received a promotion 15/15
Criterion No. 4: Whether all women received a raise on returning from a maternity/adoption leave 15/15
Criterion No. 5: Number of women in the top 10 paying positions 0/10

According to the French law of September 5, 2018, and its application decree of January 8, 2019, on "Freedom to choose your professional future" (Liberté de choisir son avenir professionnel), companies must measure five gender equality indicators and publish their overall score. The primary aim of this law is to eliminate compensation discrepancies between men and women. Safran Helicopter Engines overall score is 89/100, which exceeds the targeted threshold of 75 points as defined by the decree.


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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