The Spanish Air Force has taken the delivery of second of 27 A400Ms turboprop military transport aircraft from Airbus.
The Directorate General of armaments and Material (DGAM) delivered the aircraft to the Spanish Air Force at the Airbus factory in Seville, the defense ministry reported Friday.
The first A400M was delivered to Spain in November 2016. The first 14 aircraft are expected to be delivered by 2022 and the rest 13 will be delivered from 2025, Airbus had said in a statement in 2016.
The A400M was developed for Spain, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Turkey and has been beset by delays and cost overruns which have taken it well beyond the original budget of 20 billion euros ($23 billion).
An Airbus A400 aircraft crashed near Seville during a test flight in May 2015, killing four of six crew members, after three out of four engines froze minutes after take-off.
The A400M faced flight restrictions immediately following the crash but France’s air force has since praised its performance in operations against Islamist militants in Africa’s Sahel region, and it has also been used by France, Germany and Britain in hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean, Reuters has reported in November this year.
Leonardo has announced a contract on Sunday, signed with the UK Ministry of Defence, to provide equipment that will simulate radar threats to the RAFs new A400M transport aircraft prior to take-off. By simulating threat radars while the aircraft is still on the ground, commanders will be able to ensure that the complex defensive aids suite fitted to the A400M will function correctly during flight and can, therefore, make an evidence-based decision on whether or not to commit to a mission in hostile territory
Airbus has awarded Thales a contract for two new A400M military training simulators for French and German air forces. The delivery of simulators will be in 2019 for French air force and 2020 for German air force
Airbus is considering slowing down the production rate of the A400M military transport aircraft to lengthen activity at the final assembly line in Seville and gain time to get new customers. The company has a backlog of 174 aircraft and has delivered 46 units, ABC De Sevilla reported Saturday
Airbus Defence & Space has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with an Indonesian Pelita Air Services for Jakartas possible acquisition of the A400M transport aircraft. The LOI was signed with Pelita Air Services, which represents a consortium of companies involved in aerospace, Airbus said in an email to
Malaysian Minister of Defence took the official delivery of Royal Malaysian Air Forces fourth Airbus A400M on the second day of Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition 2017. Hishammuddin Onn, Minister of Defence of Malaysia, took delivery of the fourth Airbus A400M military transport aircraft today on behalf of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), Airbus said in a statement Wednesday
The Spanish air force is likely to receive its first Airbus A400M aircraft on Monday. Spanish air force pilots and Airbus DS made an acceptance flight to test and certify the aircraft that is to be delivered is in perfect condition and is fully operational on November 2
The State Department has approved Spains request to purchase CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopters and related equipment for an estimated $1.3 billion
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus will showcase A400M, the new-generation military airlifter, at the upcoming Singapore Airshow to take place at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore, 6-11 February. The A400M Atlas was designed specifically to meet the needs of European NATO nations, as well as the requirements of international air forces
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