Airbus A400M - Atlas C1

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after 4 year of Delays and €5 billion over budget - (source the French Senate )

the first Prototype take off for 3 hour testfly near Sevilla.
Chef-Testpilot Edward "Ed" Strongman explane after that "it was Fantasic"

on development problems, there a lot of Information in press
not the ability to airlift 32 tons cargo (by overweight or underpower engine),
problem with engine and its software etc
after German Luftwaffe EADS will delifer there first A400M at 2014

http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/unternehmen/0,1518,666596,00.html

IMHO
had EADS take a joinventure with Antonow and build An-70
the Aircraft were long in Series production...

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http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-49708.html
 

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Yeah, overweight /too expensive / too late : usual bussiness in aeronautics since the 60's (alas).
Many things will be corrected over the next machines, as happen frequently.

At least it flies ! But Transalls will fall from the sky long before the A400M replace them. We need more CASA, surplus C-130H and loaned C-17s or An-124 to bridge the gap. Oops, expensive... ::)
 

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"And sure, the Antonov An70 is in production and even in service in Ukraine or Russia ?"

Don't want to say the An 70 is dead, but at least it's in a very deep hibernation. Two prototypes were
actually built, no production aircraft and although it was brought into the discussion about the new
transport aircraft for the germany, IMHO there was never a real chance, since the multi-national
agreement was signed.
 

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On fightglobals report on the Prime Minister visiting the seventh and final C-17 at Brize Norton, there is an additional paragraph about the RAF selecting the name for their A400's

Airbus Atlas C1 sounds rather good for them, and in keeping with the Hercules naming, trouble is will any of the other European nations decide to use the same name, assign their own or just stick to the A400M title ?
 

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Jemiba said:
Don't want to say the An 70 is dead, but at least it's in a very deep hibernation. Two prototypes were
actually built, no production aircraft and although it was brought into the discussion about the new
transport aircraft for the germany, IMHO there was never a real chance, since the multi-national
agreement was signed.

Two prototypes were built, one crashed in 1995, one survived till now. Two production machines were ordered for the Ukrainian air force, one with the delivery date this year and second next year.

Thorvic said:
Airbus Atlas C1 sounds rather good for them, and in keeping with the Hercules naming, trouble is will any of the other European nations decide to use the same name, assign their own or just stick to the A400M title ?

What about the current official name Grizzly? Wont it be used as the international name for the aircraft?
 

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Matej said:
Thorvic said:
Airbus Atlas C1 sounds rather good for them, and in keeping with the Hercules naming, trouble is will any of the other European nations decide to use the same name, assign their own or just stick to the A400M title ?

What about the current official name Grizzly? Wont it be used as the international name for the aircraft?

Nope that the call names for the test aircraft, Airbus indicated that this would not be the formal name
 

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Airbus A400M cutaway.

Source:
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/A400M-Delays-Creating-Contract-Controversies-05080/
 

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A400M To Be Operational in 2014
Posted by Robert Wall at 3/21/2012 5:50 AM CDT

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http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs/defense/index.jsp?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&newspaperUserId=27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7&plckPostId=Blog%3a27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7Post%3ab193f1d1-5aeb-4f37-bcc8-e65849a71c2b&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest

The French air force is projecting that the Airbus Military A400M airlifter will become operational in 2014.

The service expects Airbus Military to deliver the first of the aircraft in March 2013, as contractually required under the latest schedule.

But thereafter, the 1/61 squadron will first undergo a period of training and familiarization with the aircraft. Once that process is complete, the unit is to reach operational status formally in 2014, the service says in announcing progress on building up the base infrastructure for the aircraft.

France plans to base all 50 of its A400Ms at the Orleans-Bricy air base.

Two of France’s A400Ms are now in the final assembly process at Airbus Military. Both aircraft are due for handover next year.
 

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Only representative of the MSN 002:
 

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Triton said:
A400M To Be Operational in 2014
Posted by Robert Wall at 3/21/2012 5:50 AM CDT

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http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs/defense/index.jsp?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&newspaperUserId=27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7&plckPostId=Blog%3a27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7Post%3ab193f1d1-5aeb-4f37-bcc8-e65849a71c2b&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest

The French air force is projecting that the Airbus Military A400M airlifter will become operational in 2014.

The service expects Airbus Military to deliver the first of the aircraft in March 2013, as contractually required under the latest schedule.

But thereafter, the 1/61 squadron will first undergo a period of training and familiarization with the aircraft. Once that process is complete, the unit is to reach operational status formally in 2014, the service says in announcing progress on building up the base infrastructure for the aircraft.

France plans to base all 50 of its A400Ms at the Orleans-Bricy air base.

Two of France’s A400Ms are now in the final assembly process at Airbus Military. Both aircraft are due for handover next year.

vite, vite. The Transalls are essential flying ruins.
 

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Airbus Military's A400M has been formally named 'Atlas' by all its European Customer nations at a ceremony at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

The aircraft had already been called Atlas by the RAF.

So I think we will all be calling it 'Fatlass'. ;D
 

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falcon said:
Airbus Military's A400M has been formally named 'Atlas' by all its European Customer nations at a ceremony at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

The aircraft had already been called Atlas by the RAF.

So I think we will all be calling it 'Fatlass'. ;D

Let's just hope deliveries come on schedule, or it may get the alternative nickname of "At last"!!!
 

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Source:
http://www.shephardmedia.com/news/mil-log/atk-manufacture-a400m-composite-wing-cover-stringe/
 

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Sometimes real fun to read statements like "... Airbus Military has already achieved sales for 174 aircraft".
Wow, what a success ! Of course no attempt to muddy those waters by mentioning, that original numbers
were somewhat higher, and that only few people would dare to bet, that not even this number may be reduced
over the next years ... ::)
 

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I understand that China has expressed interest in the A400M, perhaps it could be manufactured at the Airbus factory at Taijin?
 

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This formation flight was a good public relations idea, I think ! When it was made, those
five aircraft still were the whole "production run".
Nevertheless, the article in the latest AirInternational about the C-17 was a good reminder,
that in comparison problems with the A400M weren't (or aren't) that bad. ::)
 

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Triton said:
I understand that China has expressed interest in the A400M, perhaps it could be manufactured at the Airbus factory at Taijin?

They only want to buy one. ;)
 

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sferrin said:
Triton said:
I understand that China has expressed interest in the A400M, perhaps it could be manufactured at the Airbus factory at Taijin?

They only want to buy one. ;)
"Copy & Paste" principle.... ;D
 

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Nice video of Craig Hoyle's flight on "Grizzly 4" originally posted on The DEW Line.

http://bcove.me/q5he6cjs

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http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2013/03/up-close-with-a-grizzly-first.html
 

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http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130314/TSJ01/303140014/U-K-Plans-Turboprop-Training
 

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The A400M photographed today at Le Bourget:

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http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?234085-A400m-to-Gao-(first-operation-outside)
 

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"Grizzly Goes To Germany"
Dec 22, 2014 by Nicholas Fiorenza in Ares

Source:
http://aviationweek.com/blog/grizzly-goes-germany

The German Ministry of Defense has released video of the first German A400M landing at its home base of Wunstorf Dec. 19.

The Luftwaffe's new transport aircraft will now undergo testing before being cleared for operations.

All 40 German A400Ms will be based in Wunstorf.


http://youtu.be/6AUyJC-__40
 

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Anybody else notice that, unlike other nations' airframes delivered so far, the UK's have at least an RF self-defence system already installed? Also, quite an incredible number of chaff/flare dispensers - I count six pairs on the side visible in the second image below!


http://www.airliners.net/photo/UK---Air/Airbus-A400M-Atlas/2564747/L/


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Airbus chief executive Tom Enders has promised “management and organisational consequences” as a result of the production and delivery problems that are affecting the company’s A400M tactical transport programme.

“We have problems – I admit that,” Enders said while addressing an Airbus Group reception in London on 27 January. “We have additional delays and I very much regret that we are unable to meet the commitments made to our customers several years ago.

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/airbus-chief-enders-promises-action-on-a400m-408384/
 

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http://aviationweek.com/blog/a400m-faces-production-challenges-2015
 

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https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/opinion-can-airbus-deliver-this-year-with-a400m-tra-422440/
 

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http://www.wsj.com/articles/airbus-profit-falls-50-in-first-quarter-1461821681 (Registration may be required)

The company, which has struggled for years with the development and production of the A400M program, has suffered new problems with a component of the plane’s engine. Mr. Enders said the issue was “a serious challenge” and called it “very frustrating.”

The program’s problems have ranged from the aircraft’s large turbo-propeller engine to some of its complex systems, having put the program years behind schedule and billions of dollars over cost. Airbus last year booked a €290 million charge on the project following the first crash of an A400M in Spain, which killed four of six company employees on board. The company previously had reshuffled management to right the project.

Mr. Wilhelm said the situation with the A400M is less severe now than several years ago when there was a risk the program could be abandoned. He said the chance of plane cancellations by customers was “very remote.”

The company had targeted at least 20 deliveries of the planes this year, but Mr. Wilhelm said the figure was currently uncertain.

The European plane maker has secured 174 orders for the A400M, with Malaysia the only customer beyond a group of six European countries and Turkey backing its development. Without additional deals, Airbus will lose money on the project, the company has said.
 

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A bit more on the gearbox issue: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/gearbox-issue-threatens-a400m-delivery-rate-424729/
 

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http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Airbus_concedes_some_A400M_problems_are_home-made_999.html
 

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https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/germany-may-buy-as-many-as-six-c-130js-430106/
 

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