Wholly designed, developed and produced by Safran Aircraft Engines, the M88 and M53 power the Rafale and Mirage, respectively, two of the world's highest performance multirole fighters. Perfectly suited to a wide range of combat missions, these engines have largely proven their qualities in theaters around the world.
M88: Proven performance and reliability
The M88TM develops 16,500 pounds of thrust with afterburner, and harbors growth potential of 20%. It is ideally suited to both low-altitude penetration and high-altitude interception missions, thanks to its exceptionally carefree handling.
Today's armed forces demand maximum force projection capability, coupled with a minimal logistics footprint. Both dispatch reliability and maintainability were built into the M88TM from the outset.
The M88TM's fully modular design facilitates all maintenance operations. It is also perfectly integrated in the Rafale's airframe, which means that it can be removed and reinstalled in less than an hour by two crew members. The Rafale is also the only combat aircraft in the world that can return to flight status after its engines have been removed for on-site servicing, without having to undergo a new bench test.
Based on the development program defined by Dassault Aviation and French defense procurement agency DGA, Safran Aircraft Engines has started development work on the M88TM to offer the best technological solutions for the Rafale Standard 4 by about 2023. Standard 4 incorporates feedback from Rafale operations, and is the first aircraft upgrade to include an engine upgrade.
Safran Aircraft Engines started work on M88TM engine upgrades in January 2019. These changes will enable the company to offer solutions that are better suited to the current aircraft standard and will also match the requirements of the Rafale Standard 4, towards 2023.
Standard 4, which integrates operating feedback, is the first Rafale upgrade that also includes an engine upgrade. As part of this new standard, Safran Aircraft Engines is focusing on electronics, both on the aircraft (the electronic engine control) and on the ground (SPAD system). These new solutions will offer greater data storage capacity, faster data transmission to ground stations and more efficient analysis. The main objective is to improve dispatch reliability by enabling predictive maintenance based on a big data approach.
|Thrust with afterburner (lbf)||16,860|
|Dry thrust (lbf)||11,240|
|Specific fuel consumption with afterburner [(lb/lbf.h)]||1.66|
|Specific fuel consumption without afterburner [(lb/lbf.h)]||0.78|
|Airflow rate (lb/s)||143.30|
|Inlet diameter (in)||27.40|