Airbus to support UK’s Atlas A400M
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has negotiated a £410 million contract with Airbus Defence and Space to provide in-service support for the Royal Air Force's (RAF) A400M Atlas fleet until 2026.
The contract covers maintenance, upgrade and repair of the UK’s entire fleet of Atlas transport planes, and is expected to sustain around 200 UK jobs with Airbus Defence and Space, focused around RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
Air Marshal Julian Young, Chief of Materiel (Air) at the MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, said: ‘The A400M Atlas will form the backbone of the RAF’s strategic and tactical air transport capability over the next decade and beyond.
‘This key contract will deliver maintenance for our A400M Atlas fleet, enabling this class-leading aircraft to support UK military operations around the globe.’
The RAF currently has 14 Atlas aircraft in service, with the planned fleet of 22 scheduled to enter service by 2019.
A new hangar facility worth around £62 million is on schedule to be fully fitted-out at RAF Brize Norton by early 2017. The building will be capable of housing three Atlas aircraft during maintenance periods.
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