Third A400M MSN 010 in French Air Force
The French Air Force has transferred to the Centre d’Expériences Aériennes Militaires (CEAM), its aerial trials unit, the acceptance process of its third A400M Atlas military transport aircraft.
On July 25 the A400M Multi-National Entry Into Service Team (MEST A400M), a CEAM sub-unit based at Orléans Bricy air base, dispatched a team to Seville, Spain, to take delivery of aircraft MSN010 and ferry it to France.
This aircraft has increased capabilities compared to the first two aircraft which were delivered last year. Its flight envelope has been significantly increased, and now allows the aircraft to reach its contractual ceiling of 12,000 meters. It also can fly Category II approaches in very low visibility. Moreover, its carrying capacity has been increased because two cargo pallets can now be carried on the rear ramp.
The MEST A400M carries out all the operations of flight check out and delivery. This unit also includes military personnel from foreign countries participating in the A400M programme.