The Bundeswehr Refuses new A400Ms 14 November, 2019

The German military announced it would not accept deliveries of two A400M Atlas transport aircraft due to recurring technical problems.

“During routine inspections of the mounting nuts on the propellers of the A400M already in flight, it was found that not all 24 nuts per propeller have the intended tightening torque,” revealed the Luftwaffe, the German air force, in a statement.

Increased inspections of the engine mounts, combustion chambers, and engine flap, as well as crack testing on several points, are also required and reduce the readiness of the A400M fleet.

In addition to technical deficiencies, the two latest aircraft that were about to be delivered did not meet the “contractually guaranteed properties”, leading to the refusal.

The Bundeswehr has received 31 of the 53 A400M it ordered.

Turkish Air Force (TurAF) had denied admitting A400M in the past due to technical concerns that can be summarized as poor production quality.

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