Airbus has formally delivered two latest A400M military transport aircraft to two European nations, Germany and France.
This is the first time the company has delivered two A400M airlifters to two different countries in one single day.
During a ceremony in Seville, Spain, Airbus handed over the aircraft to the European Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), which represented Germany and France and is currently in charge of the management of the A400M Programme.
OCCAR director Arturo Alfonso-Meiriño said: “It is a great pleasure to see two of the leading OCCAR nations receiving these superb aircraft on the same day in a year when the organisation is itself celebrating the 20th anniversary of the signature of its Convention.
“This is testimony to the effective work performed by OCCAR’s A400M team over many years in managing this exceptionally complex programme.”
The current deliveries are the 60th and 61st A400M aircraft handed over by the company, while they are also the 18th and 14th addition to the A400M fleet of the German Air Force and the French Air Force respectively.
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Developed by Airbus Defense and Space, A400M is a tactical military transport aircraft that is equipped with four turboprop engines.
With the capability to carry up to 37t of equipment, the aircraft can conduct all types of missions related to transportation, including inter and intra-theatre links, assault landings on rough terrain, airdropping of personnel and equipment even from very high altitude, air-to-air refuelling, and medical evacuations.
The delivery of the A400M to the French Air Force has been carried out several months ahead of schedule.
The tests conducted by the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) and the airforce support the further enhancement of the tactical capabilities of the aircraft in the near future.