Safran Aircraft Engines' Istres site, located about 50 kilometers northwest of Marseille within a French air force base, specializes in flight and ground testing of jet engines.
Created in 1954, the Istres site was originally specialized in the testing of solid rocket motors for missiles. In 1962, it installed the facilities needed for flight testing of aircraft engines, and in 1969 added an open-air test cell. Since then, the ground and flight testing of nearly all Safran Aircraft Engines, along with final development, have been carried out at Istres. Our flagship engines include the Atar for the Mirage III and Mirage F1, Larzac for the Alpha Jet, M53 for the Mirage 2000, CFM56-2 on a Caravelle flying testbed, Olympus 593 for Concorde, M88 for Rafale and TP400 for the A400M.
Reflecting the synergies within Safran, other Group companies call of the capabilities offered by Istres. For example, Safran Electronics and Defense is using these facilities to develop its new Patroller medium-altitude, long-endurance drone.
Istres has a variety of resources to simulate the mechanical and climatic conditions that engines may have to cope with during their service life. These test and measurement systems are used to modify the in-flight behavior of engines to acquire all data needed to complete development. Safran Aircraft Engines' responsive teams adapt these facilities to meet the extensive requirements of testing, and satisfy their customers.
A Safran Aircraft Engines team is also detached to the Dassault Aviation facility at the base to provide technical assistance for M53 and M88 engines in service, or new versions under development.
Safran Aircraft Engines Istres
Base Aérienne 125
Route de Camp d'Aviation
Phone: +33 (0)4 42 47 12 00
Fax: +33 (0)4 42 56 69 79