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The M53 turbofan engine has been developed by the French company Snecma for the 1-engine Mirage 2000 fighter jet, in service with the French Air Force and 9 other Air Forces. There have been produced more than 639. The newest M53 version is the M53-P2 which gives a thrust of 64 kN (14.500 lb) and 95 kN (21.400 lb) with afterburner. This version is also equipped with a FADEC.
The M53-P2 is used by the new Mirage 2000-5 from the French air force and the Mirage 2000-9 for the United Arabian Emirates Air Force (UAEAF). The UAEAF has bought 74 engines for their fleet of 32 Mirage 2000-9 fighter jets. These are equipped with an engine auto-speed function. With this the aircraft will automatically hold the speed, selected by the pilot.
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