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Nations hold firm on A400M numbers

“Build it and they will come”, the old maxim states. It’s a phrase that European airframer Airbus Military also hopes will ring true in the tactical/strategic transport sector, because export buyers are urgently needed for its recently-delivered A400M. An earlier contractual crisis saw the company’s confirmed order book for the type trimmed from 180 to […]

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Winging it back to The DEW Line

The European branch of The DEW Line has been silent for the last few weeks, due to an extended spell of much-needed holiday leave, and also as a result of a reporting gig for me at the AUVSI convention in Washington DC, where I got the chance to work alongside my fellow blog contributor Dave […]

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PICTURE: A400M flies in Bastille Day rehearsal; but which one?

We wrote a lot around the time of the Paris air show about how France’s Bastille Day flypast (which will take place over Paris on 14 July) was a target for the nation to have accepted its first A400M tactical transport. I wasn’t so sure at the time whether the apparent urgency of this aspiration […]

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We fly the A400M

As a Friday treat, FG Club members can enjoy an early read of Mike Gerzanics’ excellent flight test report on the Airbus Military A400M, which is incidentally the cover feature for Flight International‘s main Paris air show edition. If you’re not already registered, it’s free and quick to do so, and well worth it. It’s […]

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The Russians (and Ukrainians) are coming – to Paris

The Paris air show organisers have today released an updated list of the aircraft which are expected to be on display at Le Bourget in a little over a fortnight. As expected, the cost-cutting effects of sequestration mean we won’t see the familiar US military “corral” familiar with most major shows from the recent years. […]

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Counting down to A400M delivery

During briefings at Airbus Military’s San Pablo site in Seville today, A400M programme head Cedric Gautier confirmed plans to deliver the first production example to France in the coming weeks. Paperwork leading to the new airlifter’s entry into service is still being finalised, but the formal production acceptance test process has been completed. For the […]

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A400M tanking and C295 winglets in the sun

Another week means another pre-Paris air show press trip for me: this time to sunny Seville, Spain, for two days of technical briefings with Airbus Military. I’ll be filing news stories elsewhere on Flightglobal over the course of the proceedings (the first is about A330 MRTT bids being made to Singapore and France tomorrow, for […]

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German helicopters get the chop

Our Flightglobal colleague and self-confessed rotorhead Dom Perry has filed a news update about Germany finally resolving its planned orders reductions for the NH90 and Tiger helicopters, and the end result is pretty eye-watering stuff. Original plans had called for the Bundeswehr to acquire 122 NH90 transports for the air force and army, but this […]

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A400M’s civil certification: mind the gaps

Airbus Military has cleared one of the last requirements leading to its delivery of the first A400M transport ahead of June’s Paris air show, with EASA having approved full civil type certification on 13 March. If tech-specs are your thing, then you’ll find this link to the full type certification document more than a bit […]

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Up close with a Grizzly; first flight on an A400M

The UK’s signature of two new contracts linked to its A400M acquisition prompted Airbus Military to fly development aircraft “Grizzly 4″ to the Royal Air Force’s Brize Norton base in Oxfordshire on 1 March. This was good news not only because it gave military types the opportunity to see inside the new-generation transport during an […]

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