First A400M for the Royal Air Force takes another step

Published:  11 August, 2014

The first Airbus Defence and Space A400M new generation airlifter for the Royal Air Force has taken another step towards delivery with the start of taxying trials.

The aircraft was moved under its own power for the first time on August 10th at the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Seville, Spain. It is scheduled to be delivered to the RAF in September.

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 maneuverability, 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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