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July 27, 2015

RAF’s LXX Squadron reformed as first frontline unit to operate Atlas A400M

The UK Royal Air force's (RAF) Squadron assigned to operate the new fleet of A400M aircraft has been reformed as Number LXX (70) Squadron.

By Samseer M

LXX Squadron

The UK Royal Air force’s (RAF) Squadron assigned to operate the new fleet of A400M aircraft has been reformed as Number LXX (70) Squadron.

Princess Anne, Honorary Air Commodore to Brize Norton was the reviewing officer for the reformation parade and presented the new standard.

The new development marks a new beginning to the squadron that stood down in 2010.

Princess Anne said: "This is a significant milestone as the unit reforms as the first dedicated frontline squadron to operate Atlas A400M.

"When it stepped down in 2010, the sadness was tempered with the knowledge that it would one day rise again as the first Atlas squadron."

Based at RAF Brize Norton, LXX Squadron will be the first squadron to operate the aircraft in support of military tasks and humanitarian relief efforts across the world.

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"This is a significant milestone as the unit reforms as the first dedicated frontline squadron to operate Atlas A400M."

Earlier this month, the RAF received the third A400M Atlas aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space as part of a £2.8bn contract.

The A400M is a multi-national military transport aircraft designed to serve as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities.

The RAF’s first two RAF’s A400M Atlas have already completed more than 405 flying hours.

The aircraft are scheduled to replace its decommissioned fleet of C1/C3 (C-130K) Hercules transport aircraft in 2020. Prior to this, the A400M will be equipped with advanced capabilities over the next three years.

RAF will receive a total of 22 aircraft in the coming years.


Image: LXX Squadron will be the first squadron to operate the A400M aircraft. Photo: © MOD Crown copyright 2015.

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