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Airbus A400M Atlas

Photo ID 206020 by Günther Feniuk. Germany Air Force Airbus A400M Atlas, 54 15
Medium to heavy, strategic air-lifter.

The EADS/Airbus A400M is the long-anticipated competitor to the Lockheed-Martin C-130 "Hercules", which has dominated the role for decades. This design also represents the first dedicated military aircraft put forth by the Airbus consortium. Like any multinational project, there are have been long delays in what has become a very protracted development program.

A major strength for the A400M is the modern design and technology. CAD and composite materials have been incorporated into the A400M from the start, and not added later, as time progressed. The A400M is also 50% larger than the C-130 and cruise at speeds 100mph faster than. Refinements in engine technology as along with the Airbus standard glass cockpit make the A400M a true 21st Century aircraft. The USAF issued a formal request for information on the A400M. Airbus responded with a 118 aircraft proposal and with a strong EADS/Airbus lobby in the U.S. Congress, a good chance exists for the A400M to fly in USAF colors.
  • Country of Origin: Europe
  • First Flight: 9/11/2009
  • Initial Service Date: 2012
  • No. Built: 2
  • No. In Service: 2
  • No. of Hardpoints: 0
  • Crew: 3

Power:

4 x EuroProp International TP400-D6 at 11,060 hp

Weapons:

The A400M is unarmed.

Dimensions:

Length:148 ft.
Wing Span:139 ft. 1 in.
Height:48 ft. 2 in.
Max. Weight:310,851 lbs
Max. Payload:81,571 lbs
Internal Fuel:111,330 lbs

Performance:

Cruise Speed:480 mph
Service Ceiling:37,073 ft.
Normal Range:1,781 nm
Max. Range:4,703 nm

Operators:

None as of this writing, the A400M is still in development. Contracts and orders have been signed by the governments of; Belgium (7), France (50), Germany (60), Luxembourg (1), Malaysia (4), Spain (25), Turkey (10).

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Photo ID 144144 by Mara Angelosante. Company Owned Airbus Airbus A400M Atlas, F WWMZ
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Photo ID 148306 by Armando Tuñon. Company Owned Airbus Airbus A400M Atlas, EC 402
Photo ID 95636 by Antonio Segovia Rentería. Company Owned Airbus Airbus A400M, EC 402
Photo ID 150220 by Varani Ennio. France Air Force Airbus A400M Atlas, 0008
Photo ID 188004 by Thomas Ziegler - Aviation-Media. Company Owned Airbus Airbus A400M Atlas, EC 402
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