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RE: A400M Update

Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:54 pm

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Airbus Defence and Space's A400M military transport aircraft has successfully demonstrated its capability to conduct simultaneous air-to-air refuelling (AAR) of two F/A-18 fighters during a series of trials at an undisclosed location.
http://www.airforce-technology.com/n...els-two-fa-18-jet-fighters-4515502

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RE: A400M Update

Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:13 am

Quoting r2rho (Reply 99):
What does it have to do with Spain?

I don't know, thus my question.

The article I quoted said:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 78):
One analyst, asking not to be identified, said however that Enders had "missed a chance" to resolve the A400M problems once and for all by uprooting it from Spain, which has had the lead on military transporters since folding its CASA business into a mainly Franco-German merger that created Airbus Group in 2000.

and:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 78):
Urena-Raso "is a good manager but he was caught between the complexities of the German specifications, Spanish concerns over control, and Airbus in Toulouse who are fundamental to the whole project," a person familiar with the program said.

which suggests the program has suffered from the conflict between Spain's concerns over control over transporters versus Airbus HQ's concerns/perogatives.

Again, I don't know what is going on, which is why I posted here.

Quoting r2rho (Reply 99):
So it is not just a Spanish problem, even if some would like to make it so. Having said that, Spain does risk losing influence within Airbus if the program further screws up, regardless of whose fault it is.

It would seem that they have already lost influence due to the A400M program's problems, no?

Quoting r2rho (Reply 99):
And on a sidenote, if it weren't for the former CASA that EADS absorbed, Airbus would have no military products at all (except a part of Typhoon).

I suppose you could see it that way. Now that "EADS" has taken the name "Airbus" it's not as strong a statement as it was earlier.
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RE: A400M Update

Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:34 am

Quoting mrg (Reply 95):
Oh, come on! Most Euro fan bois can take relevant and fair criticism from your side of the pond on the chin   

I don't know why more and more aircraft programmes go off the rails. Everything is computer-aided nowadays.

The F-16: first flight in 1974. Four years later first flight of an F-16 built on another continent. IOC one month later. They just don't build them like they used to.  

I think you are looking at these programs through rose tinted lenses. The Teen series had quite a few accidents that would grind a program to a halt these days. Of the first 10 F-14s 5 of them crashed during testing before IOC. Can you imagine if 5 of the first 10 A400s crashed before IOC?

There is a different atmosphere now compared to in the past were crashes were much more acceptable. I think this causes the programs to take far longer.
 
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RE: A400M Update

Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:07 am

Quoting Scruffer (Reply 102):
There is a different atmosphere now compared to in the past were crashes were much more acceptable. I think this causes the programs to take far longer.

Agreed, and it really gives you an appreciation for what risks the test pilots were taking "in the old days".
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RE: A400M Update

Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:52 pm

some financial input on the program.. nothing earthshaking though

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/airbus...es-a400m-charges-no-003344881.html
 
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RE: A400M Update

Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:49 pm

Heard that a RAF A400M landed at IAD this past March 16...do not know why.
 
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RE: A400M Update

Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:31 am

France found several Hundred deficiencies with he airplane? What the heck were they doing to do that?
 
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RE: A400M Update

Sat Mar 21, 2015 12:13 pm

Quoting hiflyer (Reply 105):
Heard that a RAF A400M landed at IAD this past March 16...do not know why.

It was parked up at RAF Brize Norton again yesterday. My daughter, who was there on an Air Cadets' visit, got a photo of it.
 
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RE: A400M Update

Sat Mar 21, 2015 12:32 pm

Quoting strfyr51 (Reply 106):
France found several Hundred deficiencies with he airplane? What the heck were they doing to do that?

you are talking about military here. Running hands in white gloves over a surface and finding dust is a deficiency in that environment.

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RE: A400M Update

Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:46 pm

Turkey expects further delivery delays.

They were planning on receiving two tails in 2015, but now not sure of their arrival timeline.
Airbus says its still in discussions with client nations to sort out projected delivery times for the 14 tails it hopes to produce in 2015.

Turkey Expects Further Airbus A400M Delays
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RE: A400M Update

Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:41 pm

As article says Airbus will have to pay out penalties to customers for being late again.

This aircraft sure turning out to be expensive headache. For 2014 they took EUR €551 million write-off due delays.

  
 
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RE: A400M Update

Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:01 pm

Quoting kanban (Reply 104):
some financial input on the program.. nothing earthshaking though

I guess it's a sign of how financially FUBAR'd the program is if writing off another half billion dollars is not earth shattering.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 109):
Turkey expects further delivery delays.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...group-turkey-idUSL6N0WL3QU20150323 gives us:

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Airbus Military is in the process of negotiating a new delivery schedule for the A400M but has not so far published a timetable. However, industry sources say its base production plan of 14 aircraft for this year includes two for Turkey.

"We are currently discussing A400M production with all the customers and we will communicate further on that when the discussions are complete," an Airbus Military spokesman said.

Airbus clashed publicly with Turkey over the A400M last year, saying it was Ankara that was delaying taking delivery of the first aircraft as a "bargaining" move.

But several buyers, notably Germany, have grown increasingly concerned about the latest round of delays, and analysts say declarations about the troubled project have tended to reflect tough negotiating positions on all sides.

Turkey took part in a seven-nation, 3.5-billion-euro bailout in 2010 that was supposed to put an end to chronic delays and technical problems with the European transporter plane.

But Airbus acknowledged last year that it faced new delays and in February took a charge of 551 million euros ($618 million).

So what is Turkey bargaining over? Do they want financial give-backs due to late delivery and/or lack of functionality? It's kind of hard to ask for give-backs if you were a part of the 2010 bail-out, no?
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RE: A400M Update

Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:38 pm

Quoting Revelation (Reply 111):
So what is Turkey bargaining over? Do they want financial give-backs due to late delivery and/or lack of functionality? It's kind of hard to ask for give-backs if you were a part of the 2010 bail-out, no?

That was refusal to accept first frame due to multiple contract term violations. Aircraft had performance shortfalls and not mission ready to standards promised.

In order to accept the aircraft, Turkey received compensation from EADS in form of an agreement to increase placement of work and purchase of components from Turkish companies over the next 10 years by additional €1billion - which was estimated to generate 500 jobs and 4 million man hours.

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RE: A400M Update

Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:20 pm

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 112):
In order to accept the aircraft, Turkey received compensation from EADS in form of an agreement to increase placement of work and purchase of components from Turkish companies over the next 10 years by additional €1billion - which was estimated to generate 500 jobs and 4 million man hours.

Nice of Airbus to spin this as a bargaining move. Just deliver what you've said you're going to deliver and there'd be no need for bargaining.
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RE: A400M Update

Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:07 pm

Meanwhile Airbus is accelerating production ramp-up:

http://www.janes.com/article/50441/a...-rate-to-claw-back-delivery-delays

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Airbus Defence and Space (DS) recently doubled the production rate of its A400M Atlas airlifter as it looks to make good on delayed deliveries, the company has revealed.

Production at the final assembly line (FAL) in Seville, Spain, has now been raised from 1.25 to 2.5 aircraft per month in an attempt to address the backlog in deliveries that has built up as a result of what the company calls 'supplier problems'.

"We've upped the pace so that we can catch up in terms of deliveries," the head of A400M manufacturing, Andreas Thürnagel, told the company's in-house On Air magazine, adding, "We can't afford any hold-ups."

Airbus DS had planned to accelerate production to 2.5 aircraft per month at the end of 2015, but its decision to bring this forward by eight months follows on the back of failed delivery targets in 2013 and 2014.
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RE: A400M Update

Fri May 08, 2015 1:48 am

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 114):
Meanwhile Airbus is accelerating production ramp-up

And out in the woods a tree is falling, but does it make a sound?

Oops: Somewhere a domino may be falling: will it hit another?

Airbus aims for new A400M military plane sale this year

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"We are targeting a sales announcement for the A400M this year," Antonio Rodriguez-Barberan, an executive at Airbus Defence and Space, told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference in Istanbul late on Tuesday.

"We hope this will drive a domino effect."
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RE: A400M Update

Sat May 09, 2015 12:02 pm

Apparently an A400M have just crashed at the outskirts of SVQ?
Does anyone know anything more?
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RE: A400M Update

Sat May 09, 2015 12:05 pm

Not much details yet, but it crashed into a Coca Cola factory. There were seven people on board.

http://www.airlive.net/2015/05/breaking-military-plane-crashs-at.html
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RE: A400M Update

Sat May 09, 2015 3:28 pm

The crash is discussed in more detail here:

Airbus A400 Crashes In Spain (by notaxonrotax May 9 2015 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)
 
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RE: A400M Update

Sun May 10, 2015 6:11 pm

Ironic timing but Airbus has designated Turkish Technic as MRO provider for the A400M program.

Initially Turkish Technic will be responsible to support the TuAF fleet with both component and airframe maintenance services. The Airbus agreement also allows Turkish Technic to be designated as support vendor to cover future sales in Middle East, Africa and Asia regions as well.


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RE: A400M Update

Thu May 21, 2015 1:43 pm

Absolute slaps in the face (if not kicks to the groin) of the A400M program: France buying C-130s and Germany moving to seek compensation!

Bloomberg: French to Fund Four Hercules Planes Following Airbus A400M Delay

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The French Air Force will buy four Lockheed Martin Corp. C-130 Hercules transport planes as it seeks to cope with the late delivery of Airbus Group NV A400M aircraft like the one that crashed in Spain earlier this month.

France has set aside an extra 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) for military gear over the next four years, according to the Defense ministry’s budget bill disclosed at a cabinet meeting yesterday. A share of the funds will be devoted to the purchase of the Lockheed C-130s, a ministry official said.

and:

AvWeek: A400M Countries Form Monitoring Team, Germany Warns Of Airlift Gap

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The secretaries of state of the A400M member countries have set up a “Program Monitoring Team (PMT)” to analyze and judge Airbus plans to bring the project back on track, according to a German defense ministry letter sent to members of parliament.

...

According to the letter, procurement-agency Occar expects an offer to negotiate from Airbus soon that could be the basis for a revised development and production contract for the A400. Germany alone has said the delays have added around €300 million ($330 million) in cost and will demand financial compensation. However, the defense ministry says negotiations could be delayed because of the accident.

Germany also believes the delay in the A400M’s defensive-aid subsystem could be 1-2 years, and lead to a capability gap of two years, given that the C-160 Transalls were to be phased out at the end of 2018. But the defense ministry now says the Transalls could continue to fly until 2021 under certain conditions.

So in the last year we've had news of more slippages in deliveries and in developing new functionality, an executive management shakeup and an unfortunate accident whose cause seems likely to cast more doubts on the company's ability to execute the program. Now we have the program's strongest supporter, France, buying other airframes to deal with the situation and a persistent critic in Germany setting up a monitoring committee and getting ready to start a compensation row. When it rains, it pours! It seems Airbus should have been a little clearer on what kind of domino effect it was seeking (ref: reply 115 above)!

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RE: A400M Update

Fri May 22, 2015 9:12 am

I have it slightly differently - hopefully with more precision - from the Financial Times of today:

QUOTE/
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German’s Ministry of Defence has estimated the costs of extending the life of its old Transall transport aircraft at €300m, a figure the ministry said would form “the basis for negotiation on compensation” in discussions expected to start this summer on the development and delivery of the aircraft.

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Germany’s tough negotiating position comes as France revealed this week that it could buy up to four C130 Hercules military transport aircraft from Lockheed Martin of the US, as part of an increase in its defence budget.

The French defence ministry said that the air force needed to guarantee its capacity for air-to-air helicopter refuelling, a capability that could not be assured by the A400M. No final decision has been taken, ...

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SOURCE: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/b584d...4-ffd7-11e4-bc30-00144feabdc0.html
 
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RE: A400M Update

Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:58 pm

MSN19, the 7th A400M for the French Air Force, has been reportedly delivered to DGA, the French procurement agency.

http://www.opex360.com/2015/06/19/le...-destine-larmee-de-lair-ete-livre/
 
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Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:01 pm

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RE: A400M Update

Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:20 am

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 123):
MSN16 was delivered to the RAF yesterday:

Nope, ZM403 is MSN20 !

MSN16 still in Getafe undergoing DASS modification.
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RE: A400M Update

Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:05 am

More aircraft at different stages of pre-delivery procedures:

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CJKGwO8XAAA_KSc.jpg:large
http://twitter.com/SteveWhitnall/status/617704468503728128/photo/1

Quoting Grizzly410 (Reply 124):
Nope, ZM403 is MSN20 !

You are right!
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RE: A400M Update

Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:35 pm

MSN1 has joined the Aeroscopia Museum.


Airbus A400M msn 001 enter in Aeroscopia Museum by Jujug Spotting, on Flickr

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RE: A400M Update

Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:39 pm

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 126):
MSN1 has joined the Aeroscopia Museum.

With hopefully A320 MSN1 joining one day, plus the rumored A350 MSN3, it is becoming a very interesting - and for TLS long overdue - collection of aircraft. Great to hear.
 
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RE: A400M Update

Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:53 am

Airbus took a fresh charge of 290 million on new development delays caused by the crash of an A400M during a test flight in May.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...roup-results-idUSL5N10B0H820150731
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Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:39 am

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 128):
Airbus took a fresh charge of 290 million on new development delays caused by the crash of an A400M during a test flight in May.

Seems like a good time to take the charges, given the unfortunate accident and the otherwise positive news in general and due to the sale of the partial share in Dassault as well.

The article says:

Quote:

Airbus said the crash had caused setbacks for the delivery schedule that were still being assessed, while low inflation had also pushed a system for price adjustments into the red.

Airbus has told buyer nations that not all the systems for protecting the plane from external threats and other military features will be available when they are needed, and in some cases not at all, defence sources say.

Kind of hard to fathom why they are still assessing setbacks to the delivery schedule.

Also kind of hard to correlate the unfortunate accident to some defensive systems that will never be delivered.
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RE: A400M Update

Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:57 am

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 128):
Airbus took a fresh charge of 290 million on new development delays caused by the crash of an A400M during a test flight in May.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...50731

I imagine the direct charge from the crash will be even more than that.
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RE: A400M Update

Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:28 pm

Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 130):
I imagine the direct charge from the crash will be even more than that.

Looks likely...


"Even though the destroyed plane was insured, some analysts expect Airbus to take a further modest provision on the A400M with its results on Friday, adding to 4.76 billion euros of charges already generated by Europe's biggest defense project."

https://news.yahoo.com/airbus-seeks-rebuild-trust-a400m-systems-fall-short-200253365--finance.html


Also more bad news for the customers...

"PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus Group has told buyer nations of the A400M transporter aircraft that it cannot deliver all of its high-tech defenses according to plan, casting a shadow over some of its military uses as Europe battles growing instability on its borders."

Some of the state-of-the-art systems designed to warn of threats such as missiles or hostile radar are more difficult than expected to develop, handing buyers a choice between taking planes or waiting for upgrades, European defense sources said.

And...

One of the A400M's other roles is dropping parachutists.

Free-jumping from the side doors has been approved but dropping paratroopers from both sides at once to speed up penetration of territory has introduced the risk of collision.

Airbus is facilitating trials of various parachutes to try to avoid this, the sources said. Another solution is to space the jumps, but this can expand the drop zone. One analyst said this was not a serious concern and may be resolved in training.

Despite the flaws, supporters stress the A400M, which shot to the attention of the public in an action movie premiere last week, remains more sophisticated even than some fighters.

However, Airbus has had to admit to buyers that refueling helicopters will be 'mission impossible' any time soon, because the shape of the plane subjects choppers to too much turbulence when tethered on their relatively short fuel hoses.

France, which views this as crucial for its special forces,

is considering buying Lockheed Martin C-130s, one of the planes the A400M was designed to replace, to address this gap.

The setback could raise questions over ambitions to export the plane to the United States which uses C-130s to refill Black Hawks, though future research might overcome this -- at a cost."
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Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:47 am

As a former Army officer who once planned tactical airdrops into contested drop zones I don't envy my modern counterparts in the European military trying to replicate our planning objectives. To insure the majority of our packages, equipment and/or paratroopers, arrived at least somewhat safely, we needed to plan a low level approach, preferably nap-of-earth, accurate navigation tools to do a last moment pop up to 800 feet, jumpers out both doors as fast as possible while kicking the cargo drop off the tail ramp. At the same time we needed our self defense systems looking for ir emitters (seekers) and the various kinds of gun control radars trying to light us up. The threat warning receivers were in auto mode and the chaff and flare dispensers at the ready. We usually had two mini guns in the forward doors if needed to discourage any interference with the mission.

Oh, you don't have that stuff? How many soldiers are you planning to get killed if, heaven forbid, you actually have to do a real combat mission? And don't tell me you don't plan to do any mission like that. You have no clue what kinds of missions may come your way in response to some critical need. In my experience, "Sorry minister/general, we are not trained/equipped/prepared to do that " is never well received.

A typical SOF support drop zone was 200 meters, or less, in length and maybe 50-75 wide. With steerable chutes you only had about one to 1.5 mins to dump everything and get out. Lots less time if the troops only had regular T-10 chutes or non-instrumented cargo packages.

But then we had a real combat effective tactical transport in an MC-130E. Not a mission constrained cripple. But it does look cool in a movie.
 
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Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:43 pm

Quoting GRIVely (Reply 132):
A typical SOF support drop zone was 200 meters, or less, in length and maybe 50-75 wide. With steerable chutes you only had about one to 1.5 mins to dump everything and get out. Lots less time if the troops only had regular T-10 chutes or non-instrumented cargo packages.

That's an amazing level of precision.
 
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Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:09 am

MSN24 - ZM405 delivered yesterday to RAF !

http://twitter.com/70SqnA400M/status/641984019278766080
http://twitter.com/70SqnA400M/status/641985021985882112

And MSN25 to follow pretty soon.   

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RE: A400M Update

Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:16 am

Quoting GRIVely (Reply 132):
Oh, you don't have that stuff?

What exactly is your point?
Of approximately 430 C-130 in active USAF service, roughly 80 are equipped with "that stuff". Eventually the MC-130 fleet will comprise 70 MC-130J models.
If it is deemed necessary to equip a small number of A400M with "that stuff", I see no reason why it won't be possible.
Airbus and its customers could just resort to installing off-the-shelve systems but that would be too cost-effecient. Better to develop new stuff- at a high price.
The A400M was not developed just to insert Special Forces into an LZ.

Quoting GRIVely (Reply 132):
Not a mission constrained cripple

It can offload a 32 ton payload onto a CBR 6 strip. That kind of stuff happens often. Combat drops don't.
 
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RE: A400M Update

Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:29 am

Is anybody able to show us a production schedule?
When is the next German Air Force due? I live close to the Wunstorf Air Base but I never ever saw the first airframe flying around...
 
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Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:20 am

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 136):
When is the next German Air Force due?

October.

http://www.handelsblatt.com/unterneh...-a400m-wird-fluegge-/12219410.html
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Tue Sep 15, 2015 11:07 am

I fail to count the seven delivered to RAF...

http://twitter.com/DefenceHQ/status/643729332804960256

#15 #17 #20 #24 #25 (this one would be more than recent)
And includes #16 & #21 even if currently in Getafe for customisation rework? or what ?  scratchchin 

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RE: A400M Update

Tue Sep 15, 2015 2:26 pm

That cannot be correct, the RAF received 4 A400M aircraft, not 7 (MSN 15, 17, 20 and 24). Deliveries are also out of sequence, MSN 16 and 21 have not been delivered yet to the RAF.
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RE: A400M Update

Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:34 pm

"Four RAF A400M Atlas aircraft now operate from Brize Norton airbase near Oxford, with a further three now undergo final work before being ready for service. "
http://airheadsfly.com/2015/09/15/ra...00m-atlas-fleet-ready-for-service/

The missing 3 could be or MSN25, 27 & 34 (std delivery from Sevilla) or MSN16, 21 & 26 (after customization in Getafe).
As for both option the delivery are unlikely to happen before year's end I think that's quite a stretch to tweet "with 7 aircraft now delivered" !!
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RE: A400M Update

Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:14 am

Why are MSN 16 and 21 undergoing work in Getafe? What's different with MSN 24 that just got delivered?
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RE: A400M Update

Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:09 am

They are fitted with another Defensive Aids Sub-System than the one by default. IIRC with a Thales one, the same they use on their Voyagers.
It was planned that those reworks will be performed in Sevilla but D&S figured out they would struggle to ramp up with this supplemental workload. It was then decided to do this job in Getafe.

Can't find a public source for more detailled information, but at least this press release make it clear for me that the missing 3 are the 3 in Getafe.
http://airbusdefenceandspace.com/new...s/uk-accepts-seventh-airbus-a400m/

In march FG already reported that they'll reach a milestone with 7 frames but wondering why they annouce it now and taking in acount A/C that won't be really delivered soon (MSN16 ferried to Getafe in Nov-2014)...
They will actually have 7 in not so long, MSN16 now painted after the customization, MSN25 did a first Customer Acceptance Flight last week and MSN27 about to enter in delivery phase (flew twice already).
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RE: A400M Update

Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:24 pm

Quoting mrg (Reply 135):

Quoting GRIVely (Reply 132):
Oh, you don't have that stuff?

What exactly is your point?
Of approximately 430 C-130 in active USAF service, roughly 80 are equipped with "that stuff". Eventually the MC-130 fleet will comprise 70 MC-130J models.
If it is deemed necessary to equip a small number of A400M with "that stuff", I see no reason why it won't be possible.
Airbus and its customers could just resort to installing off-the-shelve systems but that would be too cost-effecient. Better to develop new stuff- at a high price.
The A400M was not developed just to insert Special Forces into an LZ.

Quoting GRIVely (Reply 132):
Not a mission constrained cripple

It can offload a 32 ton payload onto a CBR 6 strip. That kind of stuff happens often. Combat drops don't.

Thank you for the information. I understand that only a subset of USAF tactical air lifters are equipped with the expensive equipment needed for air drops or landings into contested LZ's. How about flying in to do a re supply or pick up casualties. What do the German military use when they need to do that or insert or retrieve a spec ops team? And you can predict that combat drops don't happen often? Good luck with that. I have never been able to plan for unplanned/unexpected missions. We just did general planning and training and responded when the FRAGO and Air Warning Order came in.
 
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RE: A400M Update

Sun Sep 20, 2015 6:25 pm

Quoting GRIVely (Reply 143):
Thank you for the information. I understand that only a subset of USAF tactical air lifters are equipped with the expensive equipment needed for air drops or landings into contested LZ's. How about flying in to do a re supply or pick up casualties. What do the German military use when they need to do that or insert or retrieve a spec ops team? And you can predict that combat drops don't happen often? Good luck with that. I have never been able to plan for unplanned/unexpected missions. We just did general planning and training and responded when the FRAGO and Air Warning Order came in.

The A400M is available with "that stuff", the buyer decides how many he wants equipped that way, furthermore different air forces seem to like different "suits".
 
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RE: A400M Update

Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:01 pm

AvWeek has an a400m article out from Sept 11th:

A400M Deliveries Create Headaches For U.K.

The basic headache is:

Quote:
Long delays in the development of the aircraft’s Standard Operating Clearances (SOCs), which allow it to perform tactical missions, have resulted in aircraft being delivered with differing equipment fits and capabilities

However overall the a/c is doing well:

Quote:
Despite these apparent hiccups, the RAF is happy with its A400M fleet and the air arm is now the A400M fleet leader in terms of flying hours, with 900 hr. achieved on the four-strong fleet over 300 sorties.

Willcox said reliability levels are also high for an aircraft so early in its career. The U.K. has already completed night vision goggle trials, noise characterization tests, and the first tie-down schemes for cargo.

And it seems she's out doing a bit of touring:

RAF A400M stretches legs on US detachment

Quote:
With four operational Airbus A400Ms in use, the UK Royal Air Force is working overtime to “unlock” the potential of the service's new tactical transport, with one aircraft now in the USA to assess carriage of the US Army's Stryker armoured fighting vehicle.

It'll be interesting to hear how those tests go.
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RE: A400M Update

Mon Oct 05, 2015 4:54 am

Quoting GRIVely (Reply 143):
How about flying in to do a re supply or pick up casualties. What do the German military use when they need to do that or insert or retrieve a spec ops team? And you can predict that combat drops don't happen often?

Obviously I can't predict that combat drops into a hot LZ won't happen, but looking at the conflicts fought over the last 40 years I would not expect a sudden surge of parachute insertions. With regard to the extraction of SF members, Airbus manufactures smaller airlifters. I think I'm right in saying that the Israelis are modifying a C-295 into a gunship.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 145):
It'll be interesting to hear how those tests go.

Are you expecting any showstoppers? I'm not.
 
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RE: A400M Update

Mon Oct 05, 2015 4:19 pm

ZM406 - MSN25 delivered to RAF last week !
http://twitter.com/70SqnA400M/status/650004824960987136

And a piece of rumor coming from local news website about an order from Egypt :
"Pilar Albiac, vicepresidenta ejecutiva de operaciones de Airbus Defense&Space, la filial que agrupa todo los negocios militares de Airbus, informó a la plantilla de San Pablo en un discurso que Egipto ha solicitado a la empresa contar con el A400M lo antes posible."

Which I translate roughly as :
Vice president of Airbus D&S, Pilar Albiac, informed the San Pablo factory during a meeting that Egypt requested the company to be able to use A400M as quickly as possible.

http://andaluciainformacion.es/andal...ido-de-un-a400m-tras-el-accidente/
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RE: A400M Update

Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:46 pm

Quoting Grizzly410 (Reply 142):

I photographed 016 taking off from Getafe, and doing some tight turns around the field, last Friday.
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RE: A400M Update

Mon Oct 12, 2015 5:50 pm

Hi again.
Spanish sources are reporting a sale of an undisclosed number of A400Ms to Egypt. I'm suprised that they still have two coins left to rub together.

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