Airbus Military has rolled out the first A400M military transport aircraft from the final assembly line for the new airlifter in Seville, Spain.
The A400M incorporates materials and technology being used in the newest civil jets. It also incorporates features such as electronic controls, carbon composite structures and an automated handling system.
Airbus Military designed the A400M to be versatile enough to offer both tactical and strategic airlift capability. With a payload of up to 37 tons over ranges of up to 4,700 nautical miles, it is designed to carry all loads and vehicles in the European Staff Requirement inventory, serve as an aerial delivery platform and act as an in-flight tanker for both fast jets and helicopters.
The A400M is capable of carrying a 32-ton payload over 2,000 miles and can carry up to 116 paratroopers. It will travel at speeds comparable with jet transports both at low level and at altitude. It is powered by four new generation TP400-D6 turboprop engines developed, manufactured and supported by EuroProp International.