In a series of tests at RAF Boscombe Down in the United Kingdom, Airbus Military tested the new A400M tactical transport aircraft to deploy vehicles and troops rapidly to seize an enemy airfield. The photo published on July 17th shows a Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicle, and weapons-mounted support vehicle with trailer exiting an A400M with its engines running to enable it to depart immediately. The technique is typically used to enable special forces to secure a bridgehead airfield so that large quantities of reinforcements and supplies can subsequently be delivered in safety. Although not tested this time, up to 60 troops could be deployed simultaneously with the vehicles.
The Cameroon Air Force got its first and only new Airbus (CASA) CN235 medium transport aircraft, reports Airbus Military.
The handover makes Cameroon the sixteenth sub-Saharan nation to operate Airbus Military’s family of light and medium aircraft. Altogether 61 countries now operate the Airbus Military light and medium family of airlifters and surveillance aircraft – the C212, CN235 and C295.
The CN235 is can carry a six tonne payload and operates in hot, dusty and humid conditions and on unprepared runways. It has a fair short take-off and landing capability, and its cabin can be reconfigured for a variety of transport missions such as carrying troops, cargo, mixed loads or for medical evacuation.
Source: Airbus Military
Cameroon Air Force (Armée de l’Air du Cameroun) status as of July 2013
EasyJet confirmed its planned purchase of 135 Airbus A320 family aircraft, consisting of 100 A320neos and 35 A320ceos. The initial agreement was announced earlier in June, reports Airbus.
The A320 has a capacity of about 180 seats. The order by EasyJet sustains nearly 2,500 jobs as well as some 7,500 in the extended supply chain in the UK.
EasyJet operates one of Europe’s most extensive route networks, and is the UK’s largest airline, carrying 55 million passenger a year. In addition, easyJet is also the largest A320 Family customer and operator in Europe.
So far more than 9,500 A320s in various versions have been ordered. By July 2013 5,600 have been delivered to over 380 customers.
British Airways’ first Airbus A380 touched down on July 4th, 2013, at London Heathrow airport.
A milestone, writes the airfields management in a press release hailing the aircrafts quieter noise profile. Heathrow gives those aircraft, including the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, lower landing fees and develops infrastructure such as stands and taxiways for them.
Heathrow airport already hosts twelve A380s, and expects to have approximately thirty A380s and approximately sixty B787s by 2020. Strict noise limits at the airport also mean that airlines generally use their quietest aircraft around 15 per cent more on Heathrow routes.