Third A400M MSN 010 in French Air Force

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

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.

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