The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has reportedly taken delivery of the second A400M military transport from Airbus Defence and Space at the Air Force base in Subang, Malaysia.
Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein was quoted by New Straits Times as saying: "The 22nd Squadron’s new hangar is expected to store the four A400M aircrafts.
"It is the first hangar built for the A400Ms in Asia and the biggest in the world."
The aircraft are expected to help the RMAF supplement its ageing C-130 Hercules aircraft fleet.
The RMAF received the aircraft as part of RM3.5bn ($1.1bn) contract signed with the company to deliver four A400M aircraft as well as training and integrated logistics support services in December 2005.
The RMAF received its first of four Airbus A400M in March 2015. It is expected to receive the remaining two aircraft in April and November this year.
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Malaysia is said to be the first export customer of the A400M outside of the original launch nations.
The A400M is designated as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities. It can be configured to perform long-range cargo and troop transport, medical evacuation, aerial refuelling, and electronic surveillance missions.
Compared to its predecessor, the aircraft can carry twice the load over intercontinental distances at speeds comparable to jet aircraft. It can also land on short or unprepared airstrips close to the scene of military or humanitarian action.
In addition to Malaysia, the A400M has been ordered by the air forces of Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Spain, Turkey, and the UK.
Image: Airbus A400M. Photo: courtesy of Aergenium.