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).
Tyne, still up and running
The Tyne is a turboprop engine rated at 6,100 shaft horsepower. Produced by an international consortium comprising Snecma, MTU Aero Engines and Rolls-Royce, the Tyne powers the Transall C-160 transport and the Atlantic and Atlantique 2 maritime patrol aircraft. Over some five decades of operation, it has largely demonstrated its performance qualities and reliability. The Tyne is still in service with the French, German Italian and Turkish armed forces. Snecma provides through-life support for the engines deployed by the French air force and navy, and also calls on its extensive industrial capabilities to provide long-term support by repairing parts and modules.