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manufacturer of aircraft
and rocket engines
Snecma is the aerospace propulsion specialist in the
international technology group SAFRAN. We design,
develop and produce commercial and military aircraft
engines, as well as propulsion systems for launchers
and satellites. Our products are exported worldwide.
Powering 20 types of aircraft in 40 countries
Snecma designs, develops, produces and supports engines for
military transport, training and combat aircraft. Our flagship products are
the M53-P2 powering the Mirage 2000, the M88-2 on the Rafale, and the
TP400-D6 turboprop for the new Airbus Military A400M military transport.
The broadest thrust range on the market
Working with General Electric of the United States, Snecma
designs, produces, markets and supports the CFM56, the world’s best selling
commercial aircraft engine, and has a stake in the large turbofans CF6-80,
GE90 and GP7200. We are also developing the SaM146 for regional jets, and
preparing a new engine concept for the high-end business aircraft market.
The best balance of performance, reliability and cost
Snecma makes propulsion systems for both launch vehicles
and satellites, including the Vulcain®2 and HM7B engines for Ariane 5.
Our PPS®1350 plasma thruster recently set the world endurance record
for electric propulsion.
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Carrier-borne Rafale fighter
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Strategy and markets
Military aviation market
The military aviation market includes combat, training, tactical support and
transport aircraft. Snecma operates in three of these segments, primarily
addressing the governments who order the aircraft and the armed forces who
Operating costs, a decisive advantage
Drawing on our technological expertise, we design products combining top
reliability and performance. The other major focus is reduced operating costs,
achieved by extending component life and streamlining maintenance opera-
tions. Through a sustained effort in research, technology and development,
we offer products that continue to drive down costs.
Teaming up for the future
Because of the technological challenges, cost and long development cycles
characteristic of military engines, manufacturers are increasingly teaming up
to tackle these programs. Snecma is one of the pioneers in cross-border engine
programs. Today, we are part of Europrop International, a consortium in
charge of the development and production of the TP400-D6 turboprop,
powerplant of Europe’s new A400M airlifter being built by Airbus Military.
Snecma is a pioneer
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for the Rafale
APPLICATIONS: Rafale air force and naval versions
THRUST: 50 to 75 kN
and infrared Its modular design makes maintenance a
FIRST ENGINE DELIVERY: 1996
signatures, snap: the engine comprises 21 modules,
low-emissions so that it can be serviced without complete
removal for higher dispatch reliability.
combustor, The M88-2 is the first new-generation jet
single-crystal engine for 21st century combat and train-
ing aircraft. It marks considerable techno-
high-pressure turbine logical progress, with a high thrust-to-
weight ratio, plus a full authority digital
blades, powder engine control (FADEC) for carefree han- The M88 ECO is a technology demonstra-
dling anywhere in its operating envelope. tor now under test, designed to reduce the
metallurgy disks and It’s also the first engine of this type that
M88-2’s cost of ownership and increase its
ceramic matrix doesn’t need bench recalibration or
ground test runs after servicing.
thrust to 9 tons (19,800 lb). These improve-
ments will ensure the Rafale fighter’s
refractory materials. future competitiveness in terms of payload
capacity and in-flight performance.
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Single-spool turbofan, 3-stage low-pressure compressor,
5-stage high-pressure compressor, annular combustor,
cooled 2-stage turbine, annular afterburner.
Mirage 2000, all versions
THRUST: 64 to 95 kN Exceptional
FIRST ENGINE DELIVERY: 1984 handling
The M53-P2 is a reliable, high-performance
engine featuring carefree handling through-
out an extensive flight envelope, from very
low speeds to Mach 2.2.
Nearly 650 M53 engines are now in service
with eight air forces around the world.
The M53 is proven in combat. Snecma is
now offering a modernized control system
for easier, more economical maintenance
on the Mirage 2000, which will remain in
operation for another 30 years.
hours in flight.
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Tailored power SERVICE ENTRY: 2009
for the A400M POWER: 11,000 shp at sea-level
The TP400-D6 turboprop powers the four- TYPE OF ENGINE: triple-spool turboprop
engine A400M military transport being PRESSURE RATIO: 25
built by Airbus Military S.L.
WEIGHT, DRY: approx. 1,860 kg
Snecma is co-developing this new engine LENGTH: 3.5 meters
with fellow European manufacturers
Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP), MTU PROPELLER: Ratier-Figeac FH386
Aero Engines and Rolls-Royce, through
the Europrop International (EPI) consor-
tium. For Snecma, this project continues
our tradition of international collabora-
tion, starting with the Tyne(1) and Larzac(2)
military engines, and of course the best-
selling CFM56(3) commercial turbofan.
The TP400-D6, a triple-spool turboprop
developing some 11,000 shaft horse-
power, is purpose-designed for the
A400M. It is the most powerful turboprop
engine in the West, with an advanced
design and a number of proven technolo- powerful turboprop
gies developed by the four partners in EPI. engine in the West.
(1) Snecma, Rolls-Royce and MTU Aero Engines.
(2) Snecma and Turbomeca.
(3) Snecma and General Electric.
Snecma is in charge of the combustor and high-pressure
turbine, installation on the aircraft and qualification tests,
the control system and accessory gearbox (Hispano-Suiza,
a fellow SAFRAN Group company) and the lubrication system
(Techspace Aero, also a SAFRAN company).
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TP400-D6 on Snecma test rig
in Istres (France) on February 28, 2006
Training aircraft engines
APPLICATIONS: Alpha Jet
More than in flight
hours in flight. The Larzac jet engine, powerplant of the
Alpha Jet trainer, was one of the first air-
craft engines built through an interna-
tional partnership (France-Germany).
Launched in 1969 (with the advanced
04C20 version following in 1982), it is still
perfectly suited to any new single or twin-
engine trainer. The French air force plans
to keep its Alpha Jets in service until 2015,
and these Larzac-powered aircraft are
deployed by 12 other countries.
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The Atar jet engine fam-
ily entered service more
than a half-century ago,
with the latest model
launched in 1973 for the Mirage
F1 and Mirage 50. Recognized for their
excellent performance, these aircraft will
remain in service until at least 2015.
Snecma has set up seamless technical and
logistic support for all users of this engine.
APPLICATIONS: Mirage III, V, hours in flight.
F1 and 50, Super Étendard
by the hour
The Tyne turboprop has been produced
since 1964 by an international consortium
including Snecma, to power military sur-
veillance and transport aircraft. As power-
plant of the Transall C-160 transport and
Breguet Atlantic maritime patrol aircraft,
the Tyne has largely proven its reliability
and efficiency. Since 1999, maintenance,
repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the
engine have been provided by Snecma in
partnership with fellow group company
Snecma Services, through a total support
package with a fixed cost per flight-hour.
The fleet has posted very satisfactory dis-
6.7 million patch reliability.
hours in flight.
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research & technology
Snecma invests heavily in research, technology,
development and engineering to maintain our market
leadership. We have launched a number of actions,
from targeted actions spurring internal synergies to
partnerships with research organizations, universities
and other companies in France, Europe and around
the world. The technologies developed through
these programs will offer the best tradeoff between
engine performance and cost.
• Hot section: combustor and high-pressure turbine
• Control systems, especially electronic control units
• Compressor stability, and handling under extreme conditions
• Composite materials
Extending current programs
We are exploring a number of areas of research, but some of our current devel-
opments are already springboards for future technology leaps. For example,
some of the components being studied for the TP400-D6 could be used in
tomorrow’s manned and unmanned military aircraft, or even helicopters.
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customers and the future
The top priority at Snecma is to give our customers top-flight service. We listen
to our customers, make sure they are satisfied by combining local support with
global reach, and anticipate their requirements.
Customers increasingly demand training. Snecma’s experts can be sent on-site
to teach operators the best way of using our hardware. In addition, we provide
a broad range of e-learning tutorials to give users the requisite background.
Technical assistance on site
Close customer support is essential. On request, Snecma sends technical assistance
teams to help operators. These teams, on short or long-term assignment, provide
assistance in maintenance, setting up workshops, qualification procedures, etc.
Maintenance or logistics
At Snecma, we can take charge of maintenance packages (procurement, man-
agement of parts and equipment availability), or of our customers’ logistics
needs, from forecasting requirements to delivery.
Hot line and warranties
Snecma has of course set up a hot line to quickly answer our customers’
questions and warranty inquiries.
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Rafale air force and naval version
. Photos: Corbis/Skyscan/DR, Airbus Military, DR Snecma, Studio Pons/SAFRAN, Éric Drouin/Snecma – June 2006
Mirage III, V, F1 and 50, Super Étendard
Transall C-160, Breguet Atlantic
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