The first Airbus A400M Atlas to be delivered to the German Air Force has begun final tests in Sevilla, Spain. The four engines on the aircraft, known as MSN18, were successfully run simultaneously for the first time on 28 September at the Airbus Defence & Space Final Assembly Line (FAL).
The aircraft is expected to be delivered to the German Air Force in December this year. In Germany, the A400M replaces the aging C-160 Transall fleet. The TP400 engines assembled by Europrop International in Munich, give the A400M nearly eight-times as much installed power as the C-160. It can carry twice the load of its predecessor over intercontinental distances at speeds comparable to more expensive jet aircraft, but still land on short or unprepared airstrips close to the scene of military or humanitarian action.
The German A400M aircraft will also be at the disposal of European Air Transport Command (EATC), headquartered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Combined with other nation’s A400M fleets, EATC will have about one hundred of these aircraft at the end of this decade.
Source: Airbus Space and Defense & EATC