Airbus Military’s A400M today received its Type Acceptance at the Initial Operating Clearance (IOC) standard from the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), representing the programme’s seven European launch nations: Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. This is a major milestone for the new-generation military airlifter, marking the final step before the initial production aircraft’s acceptance by the French DGA defence procurement agency and subsequent delivery to the French Air Force.
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A400M military standard acceptance clears the way for airlifter’s initial delivery
The A400M military airlifter confirms its airfield assault capability
Airbus Military’s A400M has successfully demonstrated its ability to deploy vehicles and troops rapidly in order to seize an enemy airfield. This was confirmed with a series of tests held at RAF Boscombe Down in the UK, during which a Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicle and weapons-mounted support vehicle were able to exit the A400M cargo cabin while the aircraft’s engines were still running – allowing it to depart immediately upon delivery. Up to 60 troops could be deployed simultaneously with the vehicles.
Key Airbus Military A400M training devices enter service
Two of the most advanced aids for training A400M crews have entered service at the Airbus Military International Training Centre in Seville, Spain: the ground-breaking A400M Full Flight Simulator, for which the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has recommended issuance of an Interim Level C Qualification; and the Cargo Hold Trainer – Enhanced (CHT-E), a full-size replica of the new-generation airlifter’s cargo hold used for training loadmasters.
Explore EADS’ Paris Air Show exhibit area from anywhere in the world
Bring the Paris Air Show’s spirit of innovation as presented by Airbus and its EADS parent company to your computer or tablet device with a “360-degree” online tour. Offering a panoramic view of the entire exhibit area inside EADS’ pavilion at Le Bourget airport, this tour’s interactivity includes scan, tilt and zoom functions. It provides the opportunity to take an “up close and personal” look at all of the displays, including scale models of the A380, A330-200, A320neo and A400M; the A350 XWB full-scale cockpit, and Airbus’ e-documentation centre, where electronic brochures can be downloaded.For enhanced functionality, tablet users should remember to enable the gyroscope capability on their device.
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Airbus Military shows off a landmark C295 at Paris Air Show
Airbus Military today marked the milestone delivery of its 100th C295 multi-role tactical transport aircraft, which officially will be transferred to the Royal Air Force of Oman following an appearance at the Paris Air Show.
“We are very proud to deliver this aircraft to Oman,” Airbus Military CEO Domingo Urena-Raso said. “I hope that in the future this friendly relationship we have together grows.”
The Omani Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs, H.E. Sayyid Badr bin Saood Al Busaidi attended the event in Airbus’ static display area at Le Bourget Airport, along with representatives from the Royal Air Force of Oman.
In service with 15 countries worldwide, a total of 121 C295s have been ordered to date – with eight of these being acquired by the Royal Air Force of Oman. The twin-engine aircraft is a stretched version of Airbus Military’s CN235 transport.
The A400M marks self-protection system milestone with release of decoy flares
Airbus Military’s A400M airlifter has successfully demonstrated the release of decoy flares, marking a key development step for this new-generation aircraft’s self-protection systems. The flares are designed to mislead heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles, particularly surface-to-air missiles (SAM). They are a key element in the A400M’s self-protection systems due to the airlifter’s ability to operate from short and unpaved airstrips close to the scene of military action, where SAMS may be fielded by an enemy.
The no. 2 production A400M makes its maiden flight
Airbus Military’s second production A400M – designated MSN8 – marked an important milestone this month with completion of the aircraft’s initial flight from Seville, Spain on 7 June. This new-generation military airlifter is planned for delivery to the French Air Force during the third quarter of 2013.
A320neo engine makes first flight
The Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engine for Airbus’ highly efficient A320neo jetliner is now in flight testing. This powerplant successfully completed its maiden flight on a test bed aircraft from Pratt & Whitney’s facilities in Quebec, Canada after more than 375 hours of ground performance and operability evaluations. Certification of the PW1100G-JM is planned for the third quarter of 2014.
EASA certification granted for Airbus’ Sharklets on A319 aircraft powered by CFM56 engines
Airbus has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for Sharklet-equipped A319 jetliners fitted with CFM International CFM56 powerplants. This milestone marks an important step for the planned service entry later this year of the shortened-fuselage A320 Family member with these fuel-saving wingtip devices.
The second production A400M accomplishes engine run milestone
Airbus Military’s second production A400M marked a key step toward its delivery to the French Air Force later this year with the successful completion of its first engine runs. Designated MSN8, this aircraft – one of the four next-generation airlifters that Airbus Military expects to complete in 2013 – will now undergo taxi tests in Seville, Spain as final preparations begin for its maiden flight.