Airbus Defence and Space has signed two in-service support contracts with Germany underpinning the entry into service of the German Air Force’s new A400M military transport aircraft.
The agreement with the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) consists of a System Support Contract and a Material Management Contract. Both contracts run for four years until December 2018.
The System Support Contract provides technical support services such as overhaul and maintenance as well as a technical field representative team at Wunstorf where the A400M fleet will be based.
The Material Management Contract covers the supply chain of spare parts including the operation of a local warehouse and re-ordering of spares.
Head of A400M Customer Services Stephan Miegel said: “We are putting in place a robust and modern support structure which will adopt advanced maintenance and logistical practices and increasingly build on Airbus Defence and Space’s A400M in-service experience with France, Turkey and the UK to provide Germany with world-class in-service support.”
Germany has ordered 53 A400Ms and the first will be delivered in the coming days.
The A400M is an all-new military airlifter designed to meet the needs of the world’s Armed Forces in the 21st Century. Thanks to its advanced technologies, it is able to fly higher, faster and further, while retaining high manoeuvrability, excellent low speed handling, and the ability to use short and unpaved runways. It combines both tactical and strategic/logistic missions. With its cargo hold specifically designed to carry the outsize equipment needed today for both military and humanitarian disaster relief missions, it can bring this material quickly and directly to where it is most needed. Conceived to be highly reliable, dependable, and survivable, the multipurpose A400M can do more with less, implying smaller fleets and less investment from the operator. The A400M is the most cost efficient and versatile airlifter ever conceived and absolutely unique in its capabilities.
Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.