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M88 engine for combat aircraft

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M88 - Proven performance and reliability

Wholly designed, developed and produced by Safran Aircraft Engines, the M88 powers Dassault Aviation’s Rafale multirole fighter deployed by French armed forces and export customers.

Exceptionally carefree handling to handle a wide range of combat missions.

Fully modular design, which facilitates maintenance operations.

An upgradable engine to meet the evolving needs of armed forces.

850,000 +
total flight-hours
Rafale Solo Display

Success in export markets

Since it first entered service, the M88 has demonstrated its exceptional capabilities on the Rafale fighters deployed by the French air force and navy. Its performance has also earned export contracts for the Rafale from Egypt, Qatar, India, Greece and Croatia.

Rafale

An upgradable engine

Benefiting from Safran Aircraft Engines’ advanced technologies — such as blisks (integrally bladed disks) and powder-metallurgy disks, single-crystal high-pressure turbine blades with ceramic coatings and thermostructural composites — the M88 has been regularly upgraded.

Quality Control

A successful ramp-up

As a result of the Rafale’s recent sales success, Safran Aircraft Engines has been modernizing its industrial facilities to meet demand from French and export customers. Annual production of the M88 tripled from 2015 to 2020, driven by Industry 4.0 practices and a fully automated assembly line.

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Key figures
600 +
M88 engines delivered to date
1 Hour
time to remove and reinstall a M88
16,500
pounds of thrust with afterburner
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  • © Eric Drouin / Safran
  • © Adrien Daste / Safran
  • © L'Oeil Du Chat / Safran
  • © Anthony Pecchi / Safran