First A400M close to getting IOC
Airbus Military has said that the first production A400M is expected to be delivered to the French Air Force and achieve military initial operation capability (IOC) in the second quarter of 2013. The aircraft is undergoing final testing in Seville.
Airbus Military is expected to deliver two more aircraft (MSN-8 and MSN-10) to the French Air Force and another aircraft (MSN-9) to Turkey this year. Airbus Military will be ramping up production next year to achieve a rate of 2.5 aircraft per month from 2015.
Parts of the A400M aircraft are manufactured in the UK, Germany, and France and are sent to Seville for final assembly and integration. There are eight initial customers for the A400M. France wants 50 aircraft; Turkey ten; Germany will begin to receive the first of its 53 aircraft along with the first of 22 for the UK from 2014. Malaysia will begin to receive the first of four aircraft from 2015 and Spain will see the first of its order of 27 from 2016. Belgium has orders for seven and Luxembourg has an order for one aircraft which will enter production in 2019.