It has been advertised with the tagline "transport what the C130 cannot to places that the C17 can't". 4 x Europrop TP400-D6 turboprop engines developing 11,060 horsepower each driving scimitar-style propeller blade units. ", Before the first flight, required airborne test time on the Europrop TP400 engine was gained using a Lockheed C-130 testbed aircraft, which first flew on 17 December 2008. , The A400M is positioned as an intermediate size and range between the Lockheed C-130 and the Boeing C-17, carrying cargo too large or too heavy for the C-130 while able to use rough landing strips. The rescheduled first flight, set for July 2008, was again postponed.  On 28 October 2010, Airbus announced the start of refuelling and air-drop tests. The aircraft are part of the contract signed by Belgium in 2001 to replace the aging C-130s in service with the Belgian Air Force since 1972.  On 27 July 2016, Airbus confirmed that it took a $1 billion charge over delivery issues and export prospects. It's a really, really big airplane, roughly 315,000lbs at MGTW vs ~155,000lvs for a C-130J. MODERN AIR FORCES. The cargo box is 17.71 m (58.1 ft) long excluding ramp, 4.00 m (13.12 ft) wide, and 3.85 m (12.6 ft) high (or 4.00 m (13.12 ft) aft of the wing). * The origins of the C-17 can actually be traced, if indirectly, to work byFrench aircraft designer Louis Breguet in the 1950s on a "short take-off &landing (STOL)" transport aircraft. The dissimilar redundancy provides more protection against battle damage. Like other Airbus aircraft, the A400M has a full glass cockpit.  Winter tests were done in Kiruna, Sweden during February 2011. In 1989 Lockheed left the grouping and went on to develop an upgraded Hercules, the C-13…  Testing was cut short on 23 May, when, during a rejected takeoff test, the left side main wheels broke through the runway surface. The EVS imagery is displayed on the HUD for low altitude flying, demonstrating its value for flying tactical missions at night or in cloud. ", "Airbus threatens to scrap A400M aircraft. The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws.  On 5 January 2010, Airbus repeated that the A400M may be scrapped, costing it €5.7 billion unless €5.3 billion was added by partner governments, delays had already increased its budget by 25%. Major assemblies built at other facilities abroad were brought to the Seville facility by Airbus Beluga transporters. It is intended for use on short, soft landing strips and for long-range, cargo transport flights. ", Airbus Military signs agreement with Chile, "Airbus refunds A400M payments to Armscor", "Indonesia approves acquisition of five Airbus A400Ms for USD2 billion", "Czech, Swiss militaries could lease Airbus A400M from Germany", "South Korea confirms potential aircraft swap deal with Spain", "Durchbruch im Streit über A400M" (German), "Bundestag-Haushaltsausschuss: Grünes Licht für Drohnen", "Airbus Military's initial A400M is delivered to the French Air Force", "Spain receives its first A400M transport". Most systems are loosely based on those of the A380, but modified for the military mission. ", "A400M Engine Wins Safety Certification. It was designed by Airbus Military(now Airbus Defence and Space) as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities to replace older transport aircraft, such as theTransall C-160 and the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.The A400M is positioned, in terms of size, between the C-130 and the C-17; it can carry … Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com. Original budget of €3,453M increased to €5,493M in 2010. ", "Airbus gets extension of A400M Contract Moratorium.  On 24 July 2009, the seven European nations announced that the programme would proceed and formed a joint procurement agency to renegotiate the contract. In December 2005, the Royal Malaysian Air Force ordered four A400Ms to supplement its fleet of C-130 Hercules. , By April 2011, a total of 1,400 flight hours over 450 flights had been achieved. , On 7 September 2018, the French Air and Space Force announced that they had logged 10,000 flying hours with their fleet of 14 A400Ms, mostly flying supply missions for Operation Barkhane. These nations decided to charge the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) with the management of the acquisition of the A400M. ", "A400M close to first air drop, refuelling tests, says Airbus.  On 9 August 2013, the first Turkish A400M conducted its maiden flight from Seville; in March 2015, Malaysia received its first A400M. , On 29 May 2016, Airbus chief Tom Enders conceded in an interview published in Bild am Sonntag that some of the "massive problems" of the A400M were of Airbus' own making: "We underestimated the engine problems...Airbus had let itself be persuaded by some well-known European leaders into using an engine made by an inexperienced consortium." The NYT also quoted a report to the French Senate from February 2009, noting: "the A400M is €5 billion over budget, 3 to 4 years behind schedule, [...] aerospace experts estimate it is also costing Airbus between €1 billion and €1.5 billion a year.  The A400M is between the C-130 and the Boeing C-17 in size; it can carry heavier loads than the C-130 and is able to use rough landing strips.  On 8 April 2010, the second A400M made its first flight.  By October 2010, the A400M had flown 672 hours of the 2,700 hours expected to reach certification. The A400M is roughly twice the size of a C-130. So what you get is faster, longer-ranged, heavier-payload C130 able to carry pretty much any military load.  The 2013 French White Paper on Defence and National Security cut the tactical transport aircraft requirement from 70 to 50.  A later report described the revised bid as exceeding P&WC's bid by €120 million. The PMT inspects the final assembly line in Seville and other production sites. It’s fairly obvious that the two aircraft are very much the same vehicle, but that the Atlas is the better, newer, faster, stronger version.  Germany, Malaysia, Turkey and UK suspended flights during the investigation. Your selected aircraft are compared in side-by-side arrangement below. Enrique Figueredo.  Then as the original deadline for the engine decision passed, Airbus CEO Noel Forgeard said P&WC's bid was nearly 20 percent less expensive and declared that "As of today Pratt and Whitney is the winner without doubt, a much lower offer could make us change our minds." , In February 2017, the Czech and Swiss Ministries of Defence stated they were interested in a joint lease of 13 A400Ms from Germany.  Enders stated: "Industrial efficiency and the step-wise introduction of the A400M's military functionalities are still lagging behind schedule and remain challenging. , The Ratier-Figeac FH385 propellers turn counterclockwise and the FH386 clockwise. Designed for the aviation enthusiast.  As the A400M was unable to perform helicopter in-flight refuelling, France announced in 2016 that it would purchase four C-130Js. Furthermore, it had assumed full responsibility for the engine. Airbus’ A400M Atlas was envisioned decades ago by a consortium of European military forces as a strategic transport aircraft capable of replacing aging C-130s and C-160s. Instead the government decided to employ them in service.  In 2009, South Africa cancelled all eight aircraft, citing increasing costs. ", "TAI Achieves Shipment of the First A400M Component to Bremen", "El Rey estrena el Airbus 400, el mayor avión militar de fabricación europea. On 12 January 2009, the German newspaper Financial Times Deutschland reported that the A400M was overweight by 12 tons and may not meet a key performance requirement, the ability to airlift 32 tons; sources told FTD that it could only lift 29 tons, insufficient to carry an infantry fighting vehicle like the Puma. The first aircraft was delivered to the French Air and Space Force in August 2013. ", "Airbus refunds A400M payments to Armscor.   EADS and Thales provides the new Multi-Colour Infrared Alerting Sensor (MIRAS) missile warning sensor for the A400M. The German Air Force, or Luftwaffe, has rejected delivery of two Airbus A400M military transporters due to technical problems.  The aluminium alloy, known as 7X6,[clarification needed] was used in several central frames; its chemistry, along with environmental conditions, led to crack propagation.  On 3 June 2015, Airbus announced that investigators had confirmed "that engines one, two and three experienced power frozen after lift-off and did not respond to the crew's attempts to control the power setting in the normal way. If any dimensional values are "NA" in the database then the presented shapes may appear skewed.  The RAF lifted its suspension on A400M flights on 16 June 2015, followed the next day by the Turkish Air Force. Guardado por Trashbagman. , In December 2004, South Africa announced it would purchase eight A400Ms at a cost of approximately €837 million, with the nation joining the Airbus Military team as an industrial partner. 10/03/2019 06:20 Actualizado a 10/03/2019 10:24 Helicopter widths include main rotor diameter.  The Turkish partner, Turkish Aerospace Industries shipped the first A400M component to Bremen in 2007. Facebook; Twitter; Pinterest; Instagram; Select Language Between 2009 and 2010, the A400M faced cancellation as a result of development programme delays and cost overruns; however, the customer nations chose to maintain their support for the project. inviting Europrop to revise its offering, which it reportedly reduced in price by 10 or 20 percent. Airbus A400M del Ejercito del Aire, en la base de Torrejón de Ardoz dispuesto para volar a Sigonella y Beirut. BY CONFLICT. Following the withdrawal of Italy and revision of procurement totals, the revised requirement was for 180 aircraft. ", On 11 June 2015, Spain's Ministry of Defence announced that prototypes could restart test flights and that further permits could be granted soon. , On 9 May 2015, an A400M crashed in Seville on its first test flight. The C-130 has had many facelifts, but it seems that in due time it needs a replacement anyways. Varying requirements and the complications of international politics caused slow progress. It was designed for air forces without dedicated strategic airlift, to fulfill the role of both tactical transport, and strategic asset. Ldr. ", "Airbus' military plane continues to distract", "U.K., France Seek Data on Super Hercules Plane, Lockheed Says.  The A400M operates in many configurations including cargo transport, troop transport, and medical evacuation. The programme was then at least three years behind schedule. , On 29 December 2013, the French Air and Space Force performed the A400M's first operational mission, the aircraft having flown to Mali in support of Operation Serval. ", "Govt cancels multibillion-rand Airbus contract", "Germany and France Delay Decision on Airbus Military Transport. , On 24 July 2018, the German Luftwaffe used an A400M for the first time to fly 75 soldiers from Wunstorf to Mazar-i-Sharif. The project began as the Future International Military Airlifter (FIMA) group, set up in 1982 by Aérospatiale, British Aerospace (BAe), Lockheed, and Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) to develop a replacement for the C-130 Hercules and Transall C-160. NOTES: Shapes below depict aircraft from wingtip-to-wingtip / nose-to-tail assuming aircraft are being viewed from overhead perspective (the nose pointing towards the top of the screen).  The crash was attributed to the full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system being unable to read engine sensors properly due to an accidental file-wipe, resulting in three of its four propeller engines remaining in "Idle" mode during takeoff. To explore his concepts, followingconstruction of subscale models, Breguet's firm built the "Breguet 940Integral" demonstrator, which performed its initial flight on 21 May 1958.Louis Breguet did not live to see it fly, having died in 1955 after a lifeof distinc… ... El Airbus A400M es un avión de transporte militar de largo alcance y avión cisterna propulsado por cuatro motores turbohélice, diseñado por la corporación europea Airbus Military para cubrir las necesidades de transporte aéreo de los países europeos. On 26 June 2008, the A400M was rolled out in Seville at an event presided by King Juan Carlos I of Spain. The A400M isn’t identical to the C-17 at all. During a visit to the Wunstorf Air Base on 2 January 2019, the German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen announced that the 13 A400Ms will be used to form a multinational airlift wing. , In 2019, a German A400M in tanker configuration replaced the Airbus A310 MRTT deployed to Muwaffaq Salti Air Base in Jordan to refuel allied aircraft as part of the German intervention against ISIL. It is powered by four Europrop TP400-D6 engines rated at 8,250 kW (11,000 hp) each. Sqn.  In July 2016, French aerospace laboratory ONERA confirmed successful wind tunnel trials of a 36.5 m (120 ft) hose and drogue configuration that permits helicopter refuelling.  The maximum payload of 37 metric tons (41 short tons) can be carried over 2,000 nmi (3,700 km; 2,300 mi). , Data from Airbus Defence & Space specifications, Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era, Multi-national four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. , It features a fly-by-wire flight control system with sidestick controllers and flight envelope protection. The A400M Atlas is a European transport plane with four turboprop engines. A total of 174 A400M aircraft had been ordered by eight nations by July 2011. The project has its origins in the Future International Military Airlifter (FIMA) group, which was established in 1982 as a joint venture between Aérospatiale, British Aerospace (BAe), Lockheed, and Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) with the goal of developing a replacement for both the C-130 Hercules and Transall C-160. , In March 2018, the Indonesian Air Force and state entity Indonesia Trading Company (ITC) announced they were considering ordering two A400Ms which would be crewed by the Indonesian Air Force and act in an air freight role helping to balance the prices of goods across the archipelago, they were interested in its ability to operate from rough landing strips where a normal air freighter could not and the possibility of industrial offsets. , In late 2010, simulated icing tests were performed on the MSN1 flight test aircraft using devices installed on the wing's leading edges. ", "Paris: Engine problems prevent A400M flying at show.  In November 2010, the first paratroop jumps were performed; Airbus CEO Tom Enders and A400M project manager Bruno Delannoy were among the skydivers.  The A400M is large enough to carry six land rovers and trailers, or two light armored vehicles, or a dump truck and excavator, or a Patriot missile system, or a Puma or Cougar helicopter, or a truck and 25-ton trailer.  Another non-NATO country, Malaysia, is one of the two countries outside Europe to be involved in the A400M programme. It also reduces yaw in the event of an outboard engine failure.  Static structural testing of a test airframe began on 12 March 2008 in Spain. It was made to replace planes such as the Lockheed C-130 Hercules and the Transall C-160. MANUFACTURERS.  By 2010, Airbus planned to manufacture 30 aircraft per year.  A Europrop member executive said on 16 April that Airbus was close to selecting the P&WC offer, claiming it was more than €400 million (USD$436.7 million) cheaper than Europrop's bid. First non-NATO country to purchase the A400M. The max payload weight is similar: 170,900 lb for the C-17, and 81,600 lb for the A400M.  On 5 November 2009, South Africa announced the order's cancellation. Your selected aircraft are compared in side-by-side arrangement below.  The OCCAR reminded participating countries that they could terminate the contract before 31 March 2009. On 28 April 2005, South Africa joined the partnership programme with the state-owned Denel Saab Aerostructures receiving a contract for fuselage components. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site.  On 1 August 2013, the first A400M was delivered to the French Air and Space Force, it was formally handed over during a ceremony on 30 September 2013. Project management evaluated twin and quad turbofan engine configurations, a quad propfan configuration, and a quad turboprop configuration, eventually settling on the turboprop option. Enrique Figueredo. , On 29 March 2009, Airbus CEO Tom Enders told Der Spiegel magazine that the programme may be abandoned without changes. The C-17 is about twice as heavy and can carry twice the payload as the A400M.  Initial focus was on whether the crash was caused by new fuel supply management software for trimming the fuel tanks to enable certain manoeuvres; Airbus issued an update instructing operators to inspect all Engine Control Units (ECUs). To be stationed in Belgium as a part of a bi-national fleet. Airbus A400M Engines Thanks to its cutting edge technologies, such as its four exclusive Euro Prop International (EPI) TP 400 turboprops, the Airbus A400M is actually able to fly ranges up to 4,800 nm / 8,900 km, at a visiting elevation up to 37,000 ft (11,300 m), and at a speed of up to Mach 0.72, very identical to that of a turbofan operated airlifter. , On 10 September 2015, the RAF was declared the A400M fleet leader in terms of flying hours, with 900 hours flown over 300 sorties, achieved by a fleet of four aircraft. On 29 November 2011, Airbus Military reached an agreement to refund pre-delivery payments worth €837 million to Armscor. , The A400M features deployable baffles in front of the rear side doors, intended to give paratroops time to get clear of the aircraft before they are hit by the slipstream. The project has its origins in the Future International Military Airlifter (FIMA) group, which was established in 1982 as a joint venture between Aérospatiale, British Aerospace (BAe), Lockheed, and Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) with the goal of developing a replacement for both the C-130 Hercules and Transall C-160.  Varying requirements and the complications of international politics meant that progress on the initiative was slow. ", "Bearing up: Airbus Military's 'Grizzly' nears civil certification", "A400M contract amendment signed, as test fleet passes 1,400 flight hours.  On 3 April 2009, the South African Air Force announced that it was considering alternatives to the A400M due to delays and increased cost. In … With the addition of Alenia of Italy and CASA of Spain, the FIMA group became Euroflag.  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