Safran Electronics & Defense

Safran Electronics & Defense, a Safran high-tech company, holds world or European leadership positions in optronics, avionics, electronics and critical software for both civil and military markets. Safran Electronics & Defense is the No. 1 company in Europe and No. 3 worldwide for inertial navigation systems (INS) used in air, land and naval applications. It is also the world leader in helicopter flight controls and the European leader in optronics and tactical UAV systems. Operating across the globe through the Safran international network, Safran Electronics & Defense and its subsidiaries employ 7,850 people in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific, North America and South America.

CEO of Safran Electronics & Defense: Martin Sion
2017 sales: 1.342 billion euros 
Employees: 7,850* (as of Dec. 31, 2017)

Head office: Safran Electronics & Defense - Arcs de Seine - 18/20 quai du Point du Jour - 92659 Boulogne-Billancourt Cedex - France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 55 60 38 00
Fax: +33 (0)1 55 60 38 95

* including Safran Electronics & Defense and its international subsidiaries 


Martin Sion

Bruno Vazzoler
Avionics Division

Frédéric Mazzanti
Defense Division

Jean-Paul Trabis

Pierre Syx
Economic and Financial Affairs

Charlotte Matringe

Raphaëlle Giovannetti
Human Resources

Denis Saladin

Eric Froger

Pascal Joseph
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Olivier Ruas
Strategy, Innovation & Technology

Renaud Blech
Digital Transformation & Improvement


Safran Electronics & Defense's Quality Policy is aimed at involving the company in a process of continual improvement, crucial for reaching its goals of excellence for products and services and, thus, providing customer satisfaction.

This policy focuses on five areas of priority, defined in consistency with the Safran Group values, applied in all the different company sectors:

  • Customer satisfaction
  • Company quality culture
  • Development quality
  • Product / process robustness
  • Supplier quality and supply chain

Company quality and deployment of the quality policy are based on a Quality Management System and internal processes.

Quality Management System

The Quality Management System is based on an organization, in charge of developing the company according to its strategic goals, and on processes aimed at developing a continual improvement approach. The QMS is also formalized in a structural set of reference documents making it possible to conduct projects in compliance with standards, as well as capitalize on company know-how and guide its improvement-oriented approach. Safran Electronics & Defense is organized into line management - three divisions and staff management. Quality management, also structured in consistency with the company's operational organization, is in charge of guaranteeing the quality of products delivered to customers, the respect and improvement of processes, and offering shared methods and tools for quality.

The top goal, developed in the quality improvement plans drawn up per division and per product line, is to deliver quality products within the scheduled time period. These improvement plans incorporate how to deal with non-quality faster, assess whether processes and guidelines are respected, take into account experience feedback, as well as how to improve the reliability of industrial processes, reinforce the quality of industrializations and optimize manufacturing cycles.

The development of methods and quality training for teams is a key success factor in Safran Electronics & Defense core activities, involving a high degree of highly skilled labor. The implementation of proven methods of Corrective and Preventive Actions (PDCA, 8D, FMECA Product/Process, HAT/HASS, Lean-Sigma, etc.) make it possible to foresee problems and, if need be, identify them and solve them quickly.

Safran Electronics & Defense uses quality guidelines set out in manuals, process description documents, procedures and instructions, based on international standards (ISO9001, EN9100 and EN9110). The organization of these various components is presented in the company Quality Manual, and for Civil Aviation regulations in the Production Organization Manual (POM) and the Maintenance Organization Exposition (MOE).

Certificates and accreditations

To meet customer expectations concerning Safran Electronics & Defense's high-technology products and services, in terms of Quality, Costs and Deadlines, Safran Electronics & Defense has built and deployed a Quality Management System based on aeronautical standards EN9100 and EN9110, resulting from the ISO 9001 standard, providing additional guarantees of compliance.

Safran Electronics & Defense holds a great number of certifications testifying to the compliance of its Quality Management System with international Best Practices, according to EN9100 standards (ASD standard - Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe), AQAP2110 (NATO Allied Quality Assurance Publications standard) and ISO9001 (according to ISO - International Standardization Organization). In particular, Safran Electronics & Defense holds the following certificates:

EN9100:2018 (prEN9100:2016*) (FR043486-1): acknowledgement that the Quality System conforms to the Aerospace Standard of Quality Management for design, development, production, installation and operation (EN 9100, AS 9100) ;

prEN9110:2016 (FR043488-1): acknowledgement that the Quality System conforms to the Aerospace Standard of Quality Management for repairs (EN 9110, AS 9110).

*EN9100:2018 standard replaces prEN9100:2016 (draft) standard since May 2018, whithout any change.

AQAP2110 (ed. D: 2016) (FR023139-2): acknowledgement that the Quality System conforms to NATO AQAP requirements, for military programs.
AQAP2110 FR & AQAP2110 EN

ISO9001:2015 (FR043484-1) : acknowledge that the Quality System conforms to the Quality Management model ISO 9001 standard.
ISO9001 FR & ISO9001 EN

Safran Electronics & Defense is also certified in its specific fields of activity by aviation safety agencies (European, American, Canadian and Chinese, etc.) In particular, Safran Electronics & Defense holds the following accreditations:

EASA PART-21G (ref. FR.21G.0116): EASA - European Aviation Safety Agency production accreditation (European regulations).

EASA PART-145 (ref. FR.145.0181): EASA maintenance accreditation - European Aviation Safety Agency (European regulations).

14 CFR PART-145 (ref. U78Y370Y): Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) maintenance accreditation (American regulations).
14 CFR PART-145

CCAR-145 (ref. F03300512): Maintenance accreditation CAAC - Civil Aviation Administration of China (Chinese regulations).

CAR 573 (ref. 808-01): Maintenance accreditation TCCA - Transport Canada Civil Aviation (Canadian regulations)
CAR 573

FRA-145 (ref. FRA-145-0044) : DSAE France maintenance accreditation – Direction de la Sécurité Aéronautique d'Etat (French regulation)

NADCAP Certification – Safran Electronics & Defense
Nadcap – Electronics - Fougères : AC7120 : Circuit Card Assemblies

Certifications held by Safran Electronics & Defense subsidiaries.

Safran Electronics & Defense, Avionics USA, LLC
- Grand Prairie: AS 9100 D (US011483-3) & AS 9110 C (US011654-3) ;
- Costa Mesa: AS 9100 D (US010695-3)

Safran Electronics & Defense Canada Inc
- AS 9100 D (CA002603-3)

Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia Pty Ltd
- ISO 9001:2015 (AU002816-1)

Safran Electronics & Defense Services Asia Pte Ltd
- AS 9110 C (141583-2013-AQ-SGP-ANAB)


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