The Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom has officially taken delivery of its first Airbus A400M Atlas. The airlifter landed at the Brize Norton airbase Monday.
The British has signed contract for total of 22 aircraft to be delivered by the Airbus Defense and Space assembly line in Seville, Spain. The aircraft is expected to be used to prepare the RAF’s flight crew training.
Britain joins club of A400M as a 3rd member, France and Turkey being early operators of the A400M. Next in line to operate the aircraft is Germany with53 orders. Germany’s is planned to be handed over its very first A400M by the end of November. The RAF will get its second A400M soon after the formal ceremony and a third aircraft by the end of the year. These planes will replace Lockheed Martin C-130.
Airbus has to process 174 deliveries of the aircraft. In total, eight nations have selected A400M as transport plane. Belgium, Luxembourg and Spain are also part of the program. Malaysia will be the first export customer.
Source: Defense News