IN FOCUS: A400M to get new name as first delivery draws near

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Airbus Military will bring one of its test fleet to Farnborough with a new name

With Europe's largest collaborative defence project just weeks away from achieving the debut flight of its first production aircraft, Airbus Military will display its A400M at the Farnborough air show using the product name "Atlas" for the first time.

Backed by partner nations Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and the UK, the formal acceptance of the new name is due to be formalised at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire during a ceremony on 6 July. Its confirmation is no surprise, as the event had originally been scheduled to take place at the same show in 2011, before non-essential flights involving the programme's "Grizzly" development aircraft were halted by an issue with the Europrop International (EPI) TP400-D6 turboprop engine.

Now resolved, the same flaw kept the A400M on the ground for all but one brief flying appearance during last year's Paris air show. This makes a successful Farnborough all the more important for the EADS company responsible for delivering its first of 174 aircraft around December...

 

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