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Airbus takes new €1.3bn hit on A400M troop carrier

Airbus has written off another €1.3bn (£1.2bn) on its troubled A400M military transport plane, bringing total losses on the project to more than €8bn.

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What comes next ? Airbus buying back its client's orders?

8b€ (10b$) and not a single head rolling down the gutter...

French MoD lately was screaming after the Eu industry lack of orders but what is the urgence when there is ample airbags to soften the fall from even the most stupid mishap?

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They are of course trying to put the best spin on things at Farnborough:

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/farnborough-new-helicopter-refuelling-trials-to-boo-450430/

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/airbus-defence-unit-close-to-a400m-export-deal-450207/
 

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https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/a400m-contract-revision-still-possible-by-year-end-453190/
 

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Around time of my birthday in Sept last year I popped to RAF Mildenhall so here are my photos of Ejercitio del Aire A400M laughinfly helping out Aviano based 31st FW by moving their kit from UK deployment at RAF Lakenheath back to Aviano.

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Some details regarding Tom Cruise famously awesome stunt in Mission Impossible:
During this period, the aircraft took off with Cruise attached eight times before the team got the sequence that they wanted. The filming took place at RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire, UK. At times, the plane was 5,000 feet above the ground. Elswit adds that:

They go up, get altitude, make a complete circuit, and land. I think it’s up in the air for about 6-8 minutes before it lands again. It had to be at least 1,000 ft. up.”
 

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RAF Brize Norton is just down the road from me so I have grown up watching Belfasts, VC10s, C130s, C17s, Voyagers and now A400s doing their circuits or flying in and out. Would love to have seen 681s too. But the A400s sometimes remind me of them.
 

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If anyone is waching the en masse tragedy unfolding before our eyes in Afghanistan and the mass air mobility from USAF, RAF, RCAF, and now Luftwaffe. The latter have their A400M transporting pair of Airbus Helicopters H145M LUH SOF (Light Utility Helicopter Special Operations Force)

 

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Watching it unfold I've been having a terrible sense of deja vu as I've just been writing about the 1929 Kabul Airlift. Thus ends Britain's 4th Afghan war.

Chris
 

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The UK Ministry of Defence has issued a £50 million ($69 million) tender for a Medium Weight Aerial Delivery (MWAD) system to airdrop equipment and vehicles from A400M “Atlas” transport aircraft.

The notice specifies that the system should be able to safely drop 16,000 kgs (35,274 pounds) of payload into drop-zones and include a platform, parachutes, and ancillary equipment “to enable their extraction” from the Airbus aircraft.
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The notice stipulates that 40 MWAD systems of up to 32 feet (9.7 meters) in length should be delivered by 22 Jul 2031.

“The duration of the contract shall include a manufacture and transition phase followed by a 7 (seven) year support phase from Initial Operating Capability (IOC) (plus Options to extend by an additional 3 years),” the notice stipulates.

 

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A bit of more details concerning French A400 usage in Kabul evacuation:

26 vols ont été effectués entre Kaboul et les Émirats Arabes Unis où les évacués d'Afghanistan embarquaient dans des Airbus à destination de la France. Il y a eu 16 vols entre les Émirats et Paris.
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"Nous sommes repartis avec plus de 220 personnes alors que l'avion a une capacité de 116 sièges passagers."
Lieutenant-colonel Nicolas

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26 flights were made between Kabul and the United Arab Emirates where evacuees from Afghanistan boarded Airbus bound for France. There were 16 flights between the Emirates and Paris [total 2600 evacuee]
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"We left with more than 220 people while the plane has a capacity of 116 passenger seats."
Lieutenant-Colonel Nicolas

 

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Another customer for A400M as Kazakhstan has ordered a pair


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Kazakhstan ? O RLY ? were they impressed by the Afghan air lift ? Oh well, as long as they don't put Borat as pilot, everything should be allright.
 

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In theory Airbus should be hoovering up the large transport market.
I don't think there is any Western competitor that comes close to this segment now?
 

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These two aircrafts orded by Kazakhstan have no aerial refueling probe so far. It would be the first A400M order without an aerial refueling probe.
The Royal Air Force helped Airbus to sell the A400M to Kazakhstan last year.
Source:
 

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These two aircrafts orded by Kazakhstan have no aerial refueling probe so far. It would be the first A400M order without an aerial refueling probe.
I am now just realizing the A400M cannot be refueled by a boom :D

Edit: Slightly incorrect, the boom receptacle is possible but not funded. Seems like the aircrafts are all plumbed for aerial refueling and the probe is removable, Kazakhstan could have probes if they really wanted too. Il-78s not compatible most likely?

A400M as a Tanker PDF

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Kazakh air force acquisitions are very interesting.
new Russian combat aircraft
European (and even Chinese) transports and helicopters
 

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