Snecma (Safran) officially started the construction of a second open-air engine test stand at its facility located at French air force base 125 in Istres, southern France. The new installation, comprising a test stand featuring a design that is unique in Europe and a building housing all control systems, is on a par with the best engine test facilities in the world. It will be up and running in May 2016 to test the new LEAP engine and the Open Rotor demonstrator. It could also be used for other engine configurations that Snecma will be testing in the coming years.
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