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Safran Aircraft Engines Istres - Testing plant

Safran Aircraft Engines - Istres

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Created in 1954, Safran Aircraft Engines’ Istres facility, set up on French Air Force Base 125 and located about 50 kilometers northwest of Marseille, is specialized in jet engine ground tests (on open-air test stands) and flight tests.

Since 2019, it has also hosted a military engine training and maintenance center.

Route du Camp d'Aviation 13800 Istres


43° 31' 7" N , 4° 57' 35" E

In 2017 Istres installed a new test stand, the only one of its kind in Europe, capable of testing not only the LEAP and its upgraded versions, but also technology demonstrators and complex and large engine designs. 

Several flying testbeds are deployed from Istres, in particular a modified Gulfstream GII, Rafale M1 and Mirage 2000 C2. 

In addition, a new training center for M88 engine maintenance was inaugurated in 2010; it features advanced interactive training tools, such as virtual and augmented reality. 

Teams from the company’s Military Engine Division support flight test operations by Dassault Aviation and the French defense procurement agency’s Flight Test Center, also based at Istres.

Istres is ISO 9001 certified.