Airbus Safran Selects Siemens Design for Ariane 6 Rocket

Airbus Safran Launchers Selects Siemens to Fully Transform its Product Lifecycle Process


  • Siemens’ software to be used to design/build new Ariane 6 rocket
  • Airbus Safran Launchers cites Siemens’ “end to end aerospace solution” as key to competitive selection
  • Franco-German team to standardize on Siemens’ PLM and MOM software portfolios

After a comprehensive competitive evaluation, Airbus Safran Launchers has selected Siemens over other suppliers to help transform its entire product lifecycle process in order to maximize quality and efficiency and minimize costs associated with the development and realization of all its launcher programs.  Airbus Safran Launchers is a joint venture equally owned by Airbus Defense and Space and Safran, created by the desire of the two groups to take the European space industry to the highest possible level. It develops and supplies innovative and competitive solutions for civil and military space launchers. With estimated sales of 2.5 billion euros, it employs more than 8,000 highly qualified staff in France and Germany.

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This new space industry leader will standardize on Siemens’ integrated aerospace solution –which leverages its product lifecycle management (PLM) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) software portfolios– to establish a common digital product development and realization platform. Airbus Safran Launchers cited the “end to end solution” of Siemens’ aerospace industry software and expertise as critical selection criteria.

“As we are implementing a new way of producing launchers, Siemens has challenged our working methods the most and enabled us to define the end to end solution of our PLM and manufacturing needs,” said David Quancard, Chief Operating Officer at Airbus Safran Launchers. “We appreciated the benefits from Siemens’ working methodology from the start, including the bidding and implementation phases. They were able to offer us both software tools and project management capabilities compatible with our requirements. With the introduction of this innovative PLM system, Siemens has become a key partner to help us successfully achieve our goals of integrating our teams and working methods to enhance our competitiveness and efficiency.”

Airbus Safran Launchers offers in a single entity all the capabilities, experience, resources and capacity for the innovation necessary to meet the challenges of space access today and into the future.

Airbus Safran Launchers aim is to reduce its product development cycle and time-to-market, as well as maintenance costs. The new system should ensure full traceability of products and improve team collaboration.

“We are honored and proud to be associated with an aerospace industry leader like Airbus Safran Launchers,” said David Riemer, VP Aerospace & Defense at Siemens PLM Software. “The complexity of space launchers requires a systems-based product development approach, which combines systems engineering and an integrated product definition and realization. We are confident that our integrated aerospace industry solutions and expertise, combined with the impressive Airbus Safran Launchers leadership team will create great value for the organization and the industry.”

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Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) software, systems and services with over 15 million licensed seats and more than 140,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with its customers to provide industry software solutions that help companies everywhere achieve a sustainable competitive advantage by making real the innovations that matter.

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