Airbus Defence and Space on 9 March formally delivered the first of four Airbus A400M military transport ordered by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). The handover also marks the first delivery of an A400M to an export customer outside the original launch nations.
The aircraft was accepted at the A400M final assembly line in Seville, Spain, by a Malaysian delegation. The A400M will give the RMAF the most advanced heavy transport capability in the region and enable it to undertake an wide range of military and humanitarian operations.
Bernhard Gerwert, CEO Airbus Defence and Space, said: “We are extremely proud to deliver the first A400M to our first export customer – Malaysia. These aircraft will transform Malaysia’s air mobility force thanks to the A400M´s unique combination of strategic and tactical capabilities. Today sends a clear message that the A400M is not just a specialised aircraft designed and developed for Europe’s air forces, but is truly the new reference in tactical and strategic transport market globally – fulfilling both roles in a single machine.”
After arrival in Malaysia, the A400M will star in the LIMA airshow at Langkawi, 17-21 March.
Source: Airbus Defence & Space