24 Facts About Airbus A400M


Airbus A400M Atlas is a European four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft.

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The Airbus A400M is sized between the C-130 and the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III; it can carry heavier loads than the C-130 and is able to use rough landing strips.

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Between 2009 and 2010, the Airbus A400M faced cancellation as a result of development programme delays and cost overruns; however, the customer nations chose to maintain their support for the project.

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In March 2013, the Airbus A400M received European Aviation Safety Agency certification.

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Airbus A400M is positioned as an intermediate size and range between the Lockheed C-130 and the Boeing C-17, carrying cargo too large or too heavy for the C-130 while able to use rough landing strips.

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In January 2009, Financial Times Deutschland reported that the Airbus A400M was overweight by 12 tons and may not meet a key performance requirement, the ability to airlift 32 tons; sources told FTD that it could only lift 29 tons, insufficient to carry an infantry fighting vehicle like the Puma.

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In 2009, Airbus A400M acknowledged that the programme was expected to lose at least €2.

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On 5 January 2010, Airbus repeated that the A400M may be scrapped, costing it €5.

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Airbus executives reportedly regarded the A400M as competing for resources with the A380 and A350 XWB programmes.

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Airbus A400M had let itself be persuaded by some well-known European leaders into using an engine made by an inexperienced consortium.

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On 27 July 2016, Airbus A400M confirmed that it took a $1 billion charge over delivery issues and export prospects.

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In July 2010, the third Airbus A400M took to the air, at which point the fleet had flown 400 hours over more than 100 flights.

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On 28 October 2010, Airbus A400M announced the start of refuelling and air-drop tests.

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Airbus A400M Military stated that it found the aircraft's behaviour was "excellent".

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On 14 March 2013, the Airbus A400M was granted type certification by the EASA, clearing its entry to service.

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On 26 June 2008, the Airbus A400M was rolled out in Seville at an event presided by King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

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On 1 August 2013, the first Airbus A400M was delivered to the French Air Force, it was formally handed over during a ceremony on 30 September 2013.

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On 9 August 2013, the first Turkish Airbus A400M conducted its maiden flight from Seville; in March 2015, Malaysia received its first Airbus A400M.

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Early conclusions observed that Airbus A400M lacked an integrated approach to production, development and retrofits, treating these as separate programmes.

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The Airbus A400M operates in many configurations including cargo transport, troop transport, and medical evacuation.

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The Airbus A400M is large enough to carry six Land Rovers and trailers, or two light armored vehicles, or a dump truck and excavator, or a Patriot missile system, or a Puma or Cougar helicopter, or a truck and 25-ton trailer.

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Airbus A400M has a removable refuelling probe mounted above the cockpit, allowing it to receive fuel from drogue-equipped tankers.

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In March 2017, a letter of intent with Airbus A400M was signed by Pelita Air Services, representing a consortium of Indonesian aviation companies.

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In November 2021, Airbus confirmed that the Indonesian Ministry of Defense had signed a deal with Airbus for two A400Ms, with an option, in the form of a letter of intent, for four additional aircraft.

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