Military operators will benefit from the A400m airlifter’s flexibility and adaptability

13 July 2012 Feature story

Future operators of Airbus Military’s A400M are being given the opportunity to visit this multi-role airlifter at the Farnborough Airshow, providing a first-hand view of its mission flexibility and adaptability.

On display at Farnborough Airport is one of five A400Ms currently involved in Airbus Military’s flight test programme, and the first to be configured with a production-standard cargo hold.  

For the A400M’s air show appearance, this large cargo hold is outfitted with paratroop seats and stretchers, while also incorporating the two-sided floor rail insets that can be quickly rotated – creating either a flat surface, or exposing the rollers used in loading/unloading of pallets and other cargo.  

“The A400M’s re-configurability and flexibility are key to addressing the lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan – where the need for rapid role change is a necessity, while also maintaining the capability to get in and out of the operational theatre in hurry,” explained Ian Elliott, Airbus Military’s Vice President - Defence Capability, Market Development.

A steady flow of military officials have been visiting the A400M during this week’s Farnborough Airshow, including representatives from the UK Royal Air Force – which is one of the military services ordering the four-engine aircraft.

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