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.
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The A400M marks self-protection system milestone with release of decoy flares
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.
Airbus A380 dazzles in Malaysian flyover
Airbus’ 21st century A380 flagship jetliner turns heads wherever it goes, and did so this time with some high-powered help at the 2013 Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia. The aircraft from Malaysia Airlines’ growing fleet of A380s partnered with four Sukhoi Su-30MKM fighter jets from the Royal Malaysian Air Force for a spectacular flyby during the show’s opening day.
Qatar Airways receives its first A330-200F cargo aircraft
Airbus has delivered the initial A330-200F for Qatar Airways, further expanding the list of international carriers enhancing their aircraft fleets with this new-generation freighter. Qatar Airways’ A330-200F is the first of three to be provided on lease from BOC Aviation, and will be used on the operator’s international freight network – replacing A300-600Fs that have been in service since 2002. The three cargo aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines.
The first production A400M soars on its maiden flight
Airbus Military marked a key milestone towards delivery of the initial A400M with today’s successful maiden flight of the first production aircraft. This new-generation airlifter, designated “MSN7,” took off from Seville, Spain and returned there after a smooth 5-hour, 42-minute trip. The French Air Force is the first customer scheduled to receive an A400M, with its initial delivery planned for the second quarter of 2013.
A400M training service contract is awarded to Airbus Military and Thales UK
Airbus Military and Thales UK have signed an 18-year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence to supply training services for its A400M Atlas next-generation transport aircraft, which are to be operated by the Royal Air Force. Provided through the A400M Training Services Ltd. joint venture of Airbus Military and Thales, these services will include design, construction and management of the A400M training school in Oxfordshire, England; installation and maintenance of full flight simulators and all synthetic training equipment; and support for the Royal Air Force’s course design team and training staff.
Airbus Military’s A330 MRTT is accepted into the Royal Saudi Air Force fleet
Saudi Arabia has placed its first A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport into operational service with this new-generation aircraft’s formal acceptance into the Royal Saudi Air Force fleet. The clearance was given by Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khaled bin Sultan during a dedication ceremony held earlier in the week at Riyadh Airbase. This A330 MRTT is the first of a three-aircraft batch contractually delivered to Saudi Arabia by Airbus Military, and it will be deployed to refuel Royal Saudi Air Force fighter jets, including the F-15, Typhoon and Tornado.