Next-Generation European Fighter Engine to be Developed by Joint Effort by Safran and MTU Aero Engines

Safran, MTU joint contract signing on developement of new fighter engine ©MTU

Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines have announced their partnership to jointly lead the development, production and support for a new engine. This engine will power a next-generation combat aircraft, as part of the Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS). The aircraft will enter into service by 2040 to complement the current generation of Eurofighter and Rafale fighter aircraft.

Both partners intend to provide a strong and effective management of the program. Furthermore, both are eager to supply the Forces with proven experience in military engines, technology and innovative engine architecture. Safran Aircraft Engines will take the lead in engine design and integration, and MTU Aero Engines will head up engine services. MTU Aero Engines will be in charge of the low and high-pressure compressors and the low-pressure turbine. Safran will be responsible for combustor, high-pressure turbine and the afterburner. Lastly, the existing joint venture Aerospace Embedded Solutions  (AES) will head up engine control hardware and software. The intention is to achieve a balanced French-German industry program share, assuming balanced funding by France and Germany.

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