Airbus Military has used the Farnborough Airshow in the UK to formally christen its A400M airlifter as the ‘Atlas’, despite having to withdraw the plane from a planned flight demonstration at the show due to renewed engine problems.
“We are sure that the aircraft will be a cornerstone of the air transport capabilities of the air forces of the participation nations,” Airbus said in a statement, referring to the seven European countries that have signed on to receive the aircraft.
Airbus touts the A400M as being able to “fly higher, faster and further” than competing airlifters while combining tactical and strategic/logistics capabilities, including the ability to act as a tanker plane. But the program has hit a number of glitches, with the French Senate last week raising concerns over engine problems and a shortage of spare parts.
Airbus still hopes to begin delivery of the airlifter by the end of the year.
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