The Royal Air Force (RAF) took delivery of its third Airbus A400M tactical transport aircraft on 5 July, the UK Ministry of Defence reports. The aircraft was flown from Sevilla in Spain to its new home in Brize Norton, UK. The aircraft is one of the first to be delivered by Airbus since the fatal A400M crash in May.
In a press release, the ministry states that RAF crews have clocked 405 flying hours on the A400M – named Atlas in RAF-service – so far. The British are now developing the use of the aircraft whilst continuing to grow the experience of the aircrew instructors. The first aircraft carried out its first operational mission to Cyprus in March.
Initial Operational Capability is expected in September. Over the next year, the type will be capable of delivering a wide range of loads, as well as carrying out free fall and static line parachuting.
In the end, 22 A400M aircraft will operate from Brize Norton. They replace the C-130J Super Hercules transporters in the UK.
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