A400M receives IOC clearance from OCCAR
Airbus Military has announced that the A400M airlifter has received its type acceptance at the contractual Initial Operating Clearance (IOC) Standard from the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR).
The clearance on behalf of the customer launch nations - Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and the UK - marks a significant milestone for the A400M programme after ten years of development and more than 5,000 flight test hours.
This first military standard acceptance clears the way for the aircraft acceptance of MSN7, the first serial aircraft, by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) and its subsequent delivery to the French Air Force in the coming days.
The common basis for military certification was approved on 19 July following a recommendation by representatives of the seven launch nations known as the Certification and Qualification Committee. Airbus Military received the Military Type Certificate for A400M aircraft from the DGA on 24 July.
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