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Qatar Armed Forces and Safran Aircraft Engines Sign Support Agreement for M88 Engines

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Qatar Armed Forces and Safran Aircraft Engines Sign Support Agreement for M88 Engines

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Qatar Armed Forces and Safran Aircraft Engines Sign Support Agreement for M88 Engines
Qatar Armed Forces and Safran Aircraft Engines Sign Support Agreement for M88 Engines

At Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX), Safran Aircraft Engines and the Qatar Armed Forces signed a Services Agreement to support M88 engines powering Qatar’s current fleet of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft. This Services Agreement provides the Qatar Armed Forces with a wide range of services, from spares, repairs and overhauls to detailed technical on-site support, optimizing maintenance operations with the customer. The Qatar Armed Forces has been operating M53-powered Mirage 2000 jet fighter for more than 25 years. It also operated Mirage F1 aircraft powered by the ATAR 9K engine as well as Alphajet trainer/light attack aircraft equipped with Larzac engines. In 2015, Qatar Armed Forces was the second export Customer of the Rafale powered by Safran’s M88 engines.

“Safran Aircraft Engines has been a key partner supporting the Qatar Armed Forces successful operations for more than 4 decades,” confirmed Brig. (Air) KHALID SAED AL HAMAD Commander, Air Support & Logistics Command of the Qatar Armed Forces. “We are delighted to strengthening our long-term partnership with the company through this agreement and we look forward to seeing the benefits brought by Safran Aircraft Engines for our flight operations support.”

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, Croatia, United Arab Emirates and Indonesia.
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, Croatia, United Arab Emirates and Indonesia. (Photo by Safran)

“We are honored to sign this Agreement with the Qatar Armed Forces, which strengthens Safran Aircraft Engines’ world-class support,” said Christophe BRUNEAU, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Military engines division at Safran Aircraft Engines. “We have a long-standing and trusted relationship with Qatar Armed Forces. Following the successful entry into service of the M88 with the Qatar Armed Forces’ Rafale fleet, we’re now stepping up our support arrangements to pace their increasing use of M88 engines.”

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 92 000 employees and sales of 23,2 billion euros in 2023, and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran Aircraft Engines designs, produces, sells, alone or in partnership, commercial and military aircraft engines offering world-class performance, reliability and environmental-friendliness. Through CFM International, Safran Aircraft Engines is the world’s leading supplier of engines for short and medium-haul commercial jets.

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.
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. (Photo by Safran)

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