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2016-11-01

Safran’s Key Contributions to the Rafale

Recently, the French Minister for Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar signed the contract for the acquisition of 36 Rafale by India in New Delhi. This is the third export contract for the Rafale fighter. 
 
This provides a timely opportunity to review Safran’s contributions to the aircraft. 
Safran’s companies supply a number of key systems and equipment for the Rafale, the omnirole fighter designed and built by Dassault Aviation.
Safran Aircraft Engines designs, develops and produces the M88 engines that power the twin-engine fighter, available in both air force and naval versions.

The M88 features state-of-the-art technologies, including compressor “blisks” (integrally-bladed disks), single-crystal high-pressure turbine blades, powder metallurgy disks, ceramic coatings, composite parts from Safran Nacelles and nozzles made using thermostructural composites from Safran Ceramics.
 
While Safran Transmission Systems designs, develops and produces the engine’s power transmission, including the engine-mounted accessory drive and the aircraft-mounted accessory drive, as well as the flexible driveshaft.
 
Safran Landing Systems works on Rafale’s landing gear (main and nose), wheels and carbon brakes, braking and steering systems, landing gear extension and retraction system, and hydraulic generation system.
 
Safran Electronics & Defense provides gyrolaser inertial navigation system, engine control unit, actuators and several optronic components and assemblies. It is also the prime contractor for the AASM Hammer weapon system. Safran Electrical and Power works on all Rafale wiring.
 
Furthermore, Safran companies supply other equipment on the Rafale, including the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), dubbed “Rubis”, and two pneumatic starters (Safran Power Units), carbon prepregs for the wings (Structil, Safran Ceramics’ subsidiary), and hydraulic filters, among others.

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