A Futuristic Engine For The SCAF | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Most Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date



Airborne-Wednesday Airborne-Thursday


Airborne On YouTube






Sat, Apr 27, 2019

A Futuristic Engine For The SCAF

Safran And MTU Aero Engines Developing Powerplant For Future Air Fighter System

At the start of 2019, Safran and MTU Aero Engines signed an industrial partnership to design and produce an engine for the SCAF, tomorrow’s fighter jet. Stéphane Cueille, the Director of R&T and Innovation, explains its characteristics and the project’s challenges.

What is the SCAF program? In French, SCAF stands for système de combat aérien du futur: future air fighter system. It is a program that was launched by France and Germany on February 6. The aim is to design a fighter jet that will replace the Rafale and the Eurofighter by 2035. Dassault and Airbus are in charge of producing the architecture and design of the aircraft, the engine of which will be developed jointly by Safran and MTU Aero Engines.

The division of roles between the two engine manufacturers was based on the principle of the ‘best athlete': the aim is that each one works in their field of expertise. Safran is therefore in charge of developing the hot parts and engine integration, and MTU Aero Engines is responsible for the cold parts and the MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) services. Other European manufacturers may join the program, depending on different countries' levels of willingness.

This new-generation fighter jet should be able to both produce strong supersonic thrust and cruise at a low speed over long periods. Its engine should therefore be versatile. It will also be more compact to be lighter, and its thrust—much more powerful than that of the Rafale—will make it possible for the SCAF to carry more weapons. Lastly, it should contribute to the aircraft's stealth. Many innovations will therefore be required. The turbine, for example, which will reach temperatures around 2,100°C, a temperature out of reach for current blade materials and technology. Safran has given itself a research platform for advanced turbine blades to develop sophisticated technology and materials that can withstand these temperatures. The engine should also have a variable cycle—in other words, it should be able to adjust the ratio between the primary and secondary air flows—and have an adjustable nozzle to make the aircraft easier to handle. Another area of innovation that will be explored is about making the engine hybrid to manage on-board energy issues.

The Group will have to show its capacity to innovate by developing—for the year 2025—an engine derived from the M88 engine to power the first SCAF demonstration aircraft. The demonstration engine is planned for 2027. The R&T works carried out for the SCAF are also essential for our other programs: they will give rise to technological solutions which, when applied to our future-generation civil engines, will help us stay competitive.

The Rafale jet engine will benefit from the works carried out on the engine of tomorrow's fighter jets. It was in this regard that France's defense procurement agency entrusted Safran with an upstream research program, worth 115 million euros (approx. $128 million) over five years to boost the engine's thrust while improving its lifespan.

(Image provided with Safran news release)

FMI: www.safran-group.com


More News

Airborne-Flight Training 07.11.24: Alabama Av HS, Med Certs, Diamond-Turkish A/L

Also: College Internship, Pilots Request Mediation, RAA Speaks Up, New iPad Organizer UAS4STEM is an Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) sanctioned competition for students aged 11 >[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.16.24)

“Imagine being able to fly from San Francisco to San Diego, Boston to Baltimore, or Nashville to New Orleans without the need to go to an airport and with no emissions except>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.16.24): Charted Visual Flight Procedure Approach

Charted Visual Flight Procedure Approach An approach conducted while operating on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan which authorizes the pilot of an aircraft to proceed >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.16.24)

Aero Linx: The Bellanca-Champion Club The Bellanca-Champion Club welcomes all owners, pilots, and enthusiasts. Whether you're a Bellanca owner or not, we invite you to join us. The>[...]

Airborne 07.10.24: Starship 5, Bahama$$$, Dillingham Airfield Saved

Also: USCG MH-60T Crew Save, Second Las Vegas Airport, CAF PT-19, Diamond-Turkish Airlines SpaceX’s Starship will launch in four weeks according to SpaceX founder and CEO Elo>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus





© 2007 - 2024 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC