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The Snecma M88
is a French afterburning turbofan
engine developed by Snecma
for the Dassault Rafale
Design and development
The original M88-1 was a demonstrator engine with a technology level similar to that of the 3 shaft RB199. The M88-2 is a much more advanced engine developed specifically for the Rafale. Unlike the EJ200
for the Eurofighter
, the M88 has variable camber fan inlet guide vanes, an HP compressor with a sixth stage and an exhaust nozzle of the ejector type. The M88 delivers 50 kN (11,250 lbf) of dry thrust and 75 kN (17,000 lbf) in full afterburner.
Like its contemporaries, it features state-of-the-art technologies such as single-crystal high-pressure turbine blades, powder metallurgy discs and full authority digital engine controls
. The M88-2 was built with easy maintainability and reduced operating costs in mind. the M88-2 consists of twenty-one modules for interchangeable and replaceable repairs without the need for recalibration or balancing.
An additional improvement, the M88-2E4, reduces fuel consumption by up to 8% compared to the original M88-2.
The M88 Pack CGP (for "total cost of ownership") or M88-4E is based on a study contract, development and production reported in 2008 by the General Delegation for Armament and is to introduce technical improvements... Read More