28 Nov '14, 8am

First UK A400M Atlas Delivered To The RAF

The first of the RAF’s A400M Atlas next-generation military transport aircraft has been officially unveiled at its new home at RAF Brize Norton. The aircraft will replace the existing fleet of C-130 Hercules which have been the tried and trusted workhorse of the RAF’s Air Transport Fleet for decades. Manufactured by Airbus Defence & Space, A400M Atlas will represent major advances on its predecessor, capable of flying almost twice as fast, twice as far and carrying almost twice as much cargo. With a cargo capacity of 32 tonnes and a hold optimised for carriage of heavy vehicles, helicopters or cargo pallets, the aircraft is capable of carrying out a wide range of operations. The UK is the third country to operate the aircraft, after France and Turkey, and the £2.8bn programme will see a total of 22 aircraft delivered to the RAF in the coming years. Defence Minister Philip ...

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