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Spain Received its First New Generation Transport Aircraft

Spain Received its First New Generation Transport Aircraft 17 November, 2016

Airbus Defence and Space has delivered today the first of 27 Airbus A400M new generation airlifter ordered by Spain and thus, the country became the sixth nation to put the A400M into service.
Also known as MSN44, the A400M has been delivered to the Spanish Air Force in a brief ceremony at final assembly line (FAL) in Seville.

In Spanish service the A400M will replace the ageing C-130 aircraft type, carrying about twice the load over the same distance, or the same load twice as far. In addition it can serve as a tactical air-to-air tanker for other transport aircraft, including other A400Ms.

The platform is able to operate in high speeds and altitudes over intercontinental ranges. Four engines and advanced aerodynamic design of the aircraft allows it to operate from short and unprepared airstrips close to the scene of military action or humanitarian crisis.

Under an agreement signed in September, 14 aircraft will be delivered at a steady pace between now and 2022, and the remaining 13 are scheduled for delivery from 2025 onwards.

The Spanish A400M fleet will be based at Zaragoza in North East Spain and will represent the heavylift element of a transport force that includes the medium C295 and CN235, and light C212 aircraft.

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