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A400M to make Asian debut with three-nation tour

Royal Malaysian Air Force pilots will get their first opportunity to fly the service's future A400M transport later this month.

Airbus Military will use one of its development aircraft for the flights and to support promotional efforts in Indonesia and Thailand.

The European manufacturer says it will take aircraft "Grizzly 4" to Subang air base in Malaysia on 15 April. "Demonstration flights will take place over the following days with selected air forces and VIP guests," it adds.


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Malaysia is the lone export customer for the A400M, with its air force to introduce four of the type, which is being developed for seven European launch nations.

Also during its first visit to Asia, the A400M will be flown to Halim air base in Jakarta, Indonesia, and to Chiang Mai and Bangkok in Thailand before returning for Europe on 20 April.

The Grizzly's appearance in Indonesia will enable "government and air force guests to visit the aircraft and participate in a demonstration flight," Airbus Military says.

The nation's air force operates an aged fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130B/H transports, but late last year selected Airbus Military's medium C-295 for a nine-aircraft requirement.

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