Malaysia has signed a long-anticipated contract for four Airbus Military A400Ms and has appointed Composite Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM) the main beneficiary of a work package worth 1 billion ringgit ($265 million). The aircraft will be delivered from 2013.

CTRM will supply several composite components for the A400M wing, nacelle and empennage. The company’s chief executive, Rosdi Mahmud, says A400M component production will begin in January using a newly reopened factory in Malacca. He says CTRM began design work several months ago in anticipation of the contract.

SME Aerospace has been offered a contract to supply the cargo door locking mechanism to Sogerma, but says the programme’s schedule could be hard to meet because first metal has been cut on the A400M.

Source: Flight International