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Flexing its muscles: the A400M Atlas is proven in service as Germany’s 15th aircraft is delivered

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Tatjana Obrazcova
Country: Germany Aircraft: Airplanes

Versatility, range and payload lift demonstrated in varied missions

With 56 A400M multi-role military transporters delivered to date by Airbus – including last friday’s handover of the German Air Force’s 15th from 53 on order – the workhorse aircraft is receiving high marks for its payload carrying capability, operational versatility, flight range and the ability to operate from short airfields. 

The A400M is living up to the ‘Atlas’ nickname, having performed heavy-lift duties during missions ranging from supporting troops in counter-terrorism deployments to the delivery of humanitarian goods and airlifting relief supplies into disaster areas. 

It has become favourite for pilots based on the airlifter’s crisp and precise handling thanks to Airbus’ proven fly-by-wire system, the excellent situational awareness with advanced head-up display, and powerful brakes for tight landing situations. 

A large cargo hold, and “kneeling” capability for loading/unloading

Loadmasters – who are tasked with the safe loading, transportation and unloading of cargo – are united in their appreciation of the A400M’s large cargo hold with integral winch, the automatic load-locking system, and the aircraft’s “kneeling” ability that eases loading/unloading and reduces the rear ramp angle. 

The French Air Force, which became the initial A400M Atlas operator in 2013, has received 13 of its 50 airlifters on order – regularly dispatching the aircraft with troops and equipment for two major French counter-terrorism deployments: Operation Chammal in the Middle East and Operation Barkhane in Africa. "With the A400M’s four powerful turboprop engines, we can carry enormous loads at incredible speed, enabling us to rapidly respond to crisis situations all over the world,” explained Captain Ronan, a pilot in the 1/61 Touraine squadron, a unit belonging to the French Air Force’s 61st Transport Wing. French Air Force A400M also assisted in rescue efforts in the islands affected by Hurricane Irma.

 

A400M French Air Force at Hurricane Irma

 



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