Airbus Signs Agreement with South Africa On A400M


Released on Wednesday, December 15, 2004
South Africa
Airbus A400M Atlas
DOI - Declaration of Intent
IOC - Initial Operational Capability
NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Airbus Military, a subsidiary of Airbus and EADS, signed a Declaration of Intent (DOI) in Pretoria that will lead South Africa to become a partner in the A400M tactical military aircraft program.

The agreement between Airbus Military and the government of South Africa is worth at least 750 million Euros ($900 million). This decision lengthens the odds of South Africa becoming the first A400M export customer. The A400M program was launched in May 2003 by seven European/NATO nations with firm orders on 180 aircraft. First flight is expected in 2008 and an initial operational capability (IOC) is anticipated by 2009.

According to EADS, a detailed contract about the issue will be signed early next year in addition to the DOI agreement. South African defense/aerospace industry will receive high-value work packages throughout the life of the program in exchange for South Africa's commitment.

The A400M will enable South Africa to upgrade its airlift capability for both humanitarian and peace-keeping activities and assist the country in strengthening its aeronautical industry.

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