A400M Takes A Break

Bad news last week for the Airbus A400M.

Flightglobal.com reports that the turboprop-powered military transport — and Europe’s best hope for knocking the C-130J and the C-17 out of business — will enter final assembly in Spain three months late.

The news comes shortly after US Air Force leaders took the unusual step of singling out the A400M as a potential candidate to replace dozens of C-130 used by special operations forces to refuel helicopters. The A400M delivery schedule is already a squeeze to meet the air force’s requirements, so every new delay puts that contract further out of reach.

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