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Airbus Military marks A400M programme developments

29th August 2013 - 14:43 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Recent weeks have seen a number of developments in the Airbus Military A400M airlifter programme, following the first delivery of the A400M Atlas to the French Air Force at the beginning of August.

Mid-month, Airbus Military reported that the company had commenced a renewed phase of trials examining the A400M´s performance on unpaved runways from the Ablitas test site near Zaragoza, Spain.

The company also marked the maiden flight of the first production A400M airlifter for the Turkish Air Force (TAF), marking a key milestone towards its delivery. The aircraft, known as MSN9, took off from Seville, Spain, for a 5 hour 30 minute flight on 9 August.  Since then the aircraft has been painted and flown in its new TAF colours; with the aircraft – the first of ten ordered by Turkey – to be delivered in the coming weeks.

On 29 August, Airbus Military announced that the wings for the first A400M Atlas airlifter for the Royal Air Force have left the Airbus plant in Filton, UK where they are made, bound for the final assembly line at Seville, Spain. The aircraft, the first of 22 ordered by the UK, is due to be delivered in September 2014.

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