Safran’s contribution to the Rafale fighter
Safran's companies supply a number of key systems and equipment for the Rafale, the "omnirole" fighter designed and built by Dassault Aviation, making a major contribution to its performance, efficiency and reliability.
Snecma designed, developed and produces the M88 engines that power this twin-engine fighter, available in both air force and naval versions. The M88 features state-of-the-art technologies, including compressor "blisks" (integrally-bladed disks), single-crystal high-pressure turbine blades, powder metallurgy disks, ceramic coatings, composite parts from Aircelle and nozzles made using thermostructural composites from Herakles. Hispano-Suiza designed, developed and produces the power transmission system and accessory gearbox, while Sagem provides the full authority digital engine controls (FADEC).
Messier-Bugatti-Dowty supplies the landing gear, wheels and carbon brakes, all braking, steering and landing gear extension-retraction systems, and hydraulic generation equipment. All wiring is produced by Labinal Power Systems. The Rafale is fitted with ejection seats from SEMMB (a 50/50 joint subsidiary between Safran and the British company Martin Baker Aircraft). Sagem supplies the laser gyro inertial navigation system and gyros for the fly-by-wire flight control system. As part of the Rafale's weapon suite, Sagem also offers the AASM Hammer, a modular air-to-ground guided weapon.