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Airbus A400M Atlas  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 31 July 2013
Maiden Flight: 11 December 2009
Total Production: 177
Unitary Cost: EUR€157 million   (USD$216 million)
Also Known As: FLA
Origin: Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and United Kingdom
Corporations: Airbus Military* and Premium AEROTEC   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Airbus A400M Atlas
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 31 July 2013
Maiden Flight: 11 December 2009
Total Production: 177
Total Cost: EUR€30 billion   (USD$41 billion)
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Description: The A400M is a tactical turboprop-powered, transport aircraft designed for the replacement of current C-130 Hercules and C-160 Transall cargo aircraft in service in the European Air Forces. The new transport aircraft will offer increased payload, cruise speed and range over current cargo aircraft. In addition, the A400M will become the standard tactical cargo aircraft of most European Air Forces.
The A400M aircraft will meet the requirements of European Air Forces well into the 21st century while enhancing Europe's airlift capability. It will be able to takeoff from short (less than 1,000 meters) and rough runways and to operate autonomously loading and unloading payloads through its own resources independently of ground support. The aircraft has a rear loading ramp and T tail.
Airbus Military manages the A400M program. There are plans to developed advanced derivatives to fulfill specific missions profiles such as maritime patrol aircraft, early warning aircraft etc. The A400M will be converted to the air tanker role rapidly through the addition of under wing hose and drogue pods. The aircraft also features a forward fuselage mounted refueling probe.
Germany, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Turkey, Belgium and Luxemburg have ordered the A400M cargo aircraft. These seven NATO nations will purchase 180 A400M aircraft with deliveries beginning in 2009. The 180 aircraft, and future export orders, will be assembled at Airbus Military facilities in Seville, Spain.
In October 2004, Thales was awarded the flight management system development contract for the A400M military transport aircraft. The new system, featuring an innovative software architecture, was named the FMS400 and will perform as the core of the avionics suite.
Airbus Military and the government of South Africa signed a Declaration of Intent (DOI) at a ceremony in Pretoria on December 15, 2004 that will lead South Africa to become a partner in the A400M tactical military transport aircraft. South Africa stake on the A400M program has been numbered at 750 million Euros. Furthermore, South Africa could become the first export customer for the A400M aircraft.
In June 2005, EADS Defence Electronics was awarded a contract for the supply of Digital Map Generator System (DMGS) to equip the Airbus A400M tactical transport aircraft. The DMGS will be installed on all firm order A400Ms, more than 180, and those sold to international customers as standard equipment for the integral navigation and tactical information system. Previously, EADS Defence Electronics was selected to provide the Mission Management Computer (MMC) and Defensive Aid Computer (DAC).
On 15 July 2005, Airbus Military and the Chilean Air Force signed a Declaration of Intent (DOI) for the purchase of three A400M tactical transport aircraft in the 2018-2022 timeframe. This way, Chile may become the first export customer for the A400M aircraft. A final agreement was anticipated to be signed by December 2005.
During Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in December 2005 (LIMA '05) EADS and the government of Malaysia signed a contract for the purchase of four Airbus A400M tactical transport aircraft. The contract included an offset agreement that would report 200 million Euro in high-tech work packages on A400M airframe components to be delivered worldwide.

Airbus A400M Atlas Specifications

Crew: 3
Number of Engines: 4
Paratroops: 116
Propeller Blades: 7
Troops: 120
Dimensions
Height: 14.7 meter
Length: 42 meter
Wingspan: 42 meter
Performance
Ceiling: 11,280 meter (37,008 foot)
Max Range: 9,075 kilometer
Min Range: 3,150 kilometer
Power
Max Power at TakeOff: 40,000 shp
Speed
Cruise Speed: 239 mps (861 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 266 mps (958 kph)
Weight
Cargo: 37,000 kilogram
Max Takeoff Weight: 130 ton
Min Weight: 66,500 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Airbus A400M Atlas News

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Monday, October 6, 2014Airbus A400M Atlas Passes Multiple Containers Airdrop Test
Thursday, August 28, 2014Airbus Military A400M Successfully Demonstrates Tanker Capability
Wednesday, July 16, 2014Royal Air Force A330 MRTT Refuels A400M for the First Time
Monday, July 14, 2014Airbus A400M Conducts Paratrooping Trials
Thursday, May 22, 2014German Air Force A400M Aircraft to Receive J-MUSIC to Protect them from Infrared Missiles
Monday, September 30, 2013French Air Force Takes Delivery of its First Airbus A400M Atlas Transport Aircraft
Monday, August 12, 2013Turkish Air Force First Airbus A400M Airplanes Makes Maiden Flight
Thursday, August 1, 2013French Air Force Takes Delivery of First Airbus A400M Atlas Transport Aircraft
Wednesday, July 31, 2013OCCAR Awards Initial Operating Clearance to Airbus A400M Military Transport Aircraft
Wednesday, July 17, 2013Airbus Military A400M Demonstrates Airfield Assault Capability

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
France50
YearHoldings
Aug 20144
Sep 20131
Spain27
The procurement of 27 Airbus A400M by the Spanish Air Force was valued at 3.44 billion Euro but 13 aircraft are expected to be re-selled to a third country
Turkey10
YearHoldings
20141
United Kingdom22
The program was slashed from 25 aircraft to only 22 in March 2010 due to cost escalate

Grand Total 1849
Aircraft Protection Systems
J-MUSICx1
Saphir 400x1
Aircraft Warners & Sensors
ALR-400x1
IRIS-400x1
MIRASx1
Navigation & Targeting Systems
AN/APN-241x1
Turboprop Aircraft Engines
TP400-D6x4

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