First Air­bus Mil­i­tary A400M in FAF colours

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

The first pro­duc­tion A400M 21st cen­tury air­lifter can be seen for the first time in the colours of an air force in this lat­est pic­ture of the air­craft in the Air­bus Mil­i­tary fi­nal as­sem­bly line (FAL) at Seville, Spain. The pho­to­graph shows MSN7 in the colours of the French Air Force, thus pass­ing an­other mile­stone in the A400M pro­gramme to­wards first de­liv­ery, sched­uled for the sec­ond quar­ter of this year.

The A400M is an all-new mil­i­tary air­lifter de­signed to meet the needs of the world’s armed forces in the 21st cen­tury. Thanks to its most ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies, it is able to fly higher, faster and fur­ther, while re­tain­ing high ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity, low speed, and short, soft and rough air­field ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

It com­bines both tac­ti­cal and strate­gic/ lo­gis­tic mis­sions. With its cargo hold specif­i­cally de­signed to carry the out­size equip­ment needed to­day for both mil­i­tary and hu­man­i­tar­ian dis­as­ter re­lief mis­sions, it can bring this ma­te­rial quickly and di­rectly to where it is most needed.

Con­ceived to be highly re­li­able, de­pend­able, and with a great sur­viv­abil­ity, the mul­ti­pur­pose A400M can do more with less, im­ply­ing smaller fleets and less in­vest­ment from the op­er­a­tor. The A400M is the most cost-ef­fi­cient and ver­sa­tile air­lifter ever con­ceived and ab­so­lutely unique in its ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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