Modern defense policies depend on force projection and surveillance. Armed forces have to deploy fleets capable of flying today's logistics and surveillance missions, cost-effectively. Safran Aircraft Engines clearly addresses these needs with the TP400 turboprop engine, powerplant of the Airbus A400M military airlifter, and the CFM56® turbofan, which powers Boeing tanker, surveillance and transport aircraft (such as the 737-based C-40).
CFM56: the global best seller is also in uniform
The reliability and endurance that have made the CFM56® the best-selling engine in the history of commercial aviation are just as appreciated in military applications. For example, the U.S. Air Force is CFM's leading customer, deploying more than 2,500 CFM56 engines. The British and French air forces also operate a number of CFM-powered aircraft. In particular, these engines power the KC-135 and C-135FR tankers, the E-3 and E-6 AWACS and early warning aircraft, the Boeing 737 AEW&C, C-40 transports and the P8-A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.