Safran Aircraft Engines and Qatar Armed Forces 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.

“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.”

“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.”

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.