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Malaysia's first Airbus Military A400M arrives in 2015

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Malaysia's first Airbus Military A400M arrives in 2015
 
Airbus Military is on track to deliver Malaysia's first A400M aircraft in 2015, with all four ordered by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) to arrive by 2016, the company confirmed today.
     
Airbus Military is on track to deliver Malaysia's first A400M aircraft in 2015, with all four ordered by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) to arrive by 2016, the company confirmed today.
Airbus A400M (photo credit: Airbus Military)
     

Airbus Military Head of Media Relations Maggie Bergsma said the RMAF has been involved with the programme from the early stages and is fully participating with the Airbus Military teams to prepare for the delivery and entry into service.

"As for all of our customers, the transition is a lap from older technologies to the ultimate technology of the A400M.

"Our A400M FISS (Full In Service Support) is designed to provide our customers with all services needed for the operations of the aircraft and we are in discussions with Malaysia on this already to ensure that this is all set in place in time for the delivery," Bergsma said.

The French Air Force was the first to receive the A400M, the world's most versatile military airlifter designed to meet equipment needs of modern armed forces in a ceremony held at the Airbus Military Delivery Centre here Monday.

The A400M is able to perform missions that previously required two or more different types of aircraft, meeting the most varied needs of the world's air forces and other organisations in this century.

She said the entry in service of the A400M will mark a before and after in the way both military and humanitarian missions are approached.

"The versatility of the A400M allows one single aircraft doing the job for which previously up to three aircraft were needed. The A400M can deliver the contents of its bigger payload faster, further and nearer to where it is needed than any other transport aircraft found in the market.

"The RMAF will not only have three aircraft in one with each A400M, it will have an aircraft that can do it better than these three ones.

This is certainly a change. And it is a change for good," she said when asked how the new aircraft will complement the RMAF's existing fleet.

Asked about the company's cooperation with the Malaysian Government in developing the A400M, Bergsma said the Composite Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM) is participating in the design and manufacture of some of the aircraft's secondary composite structural components.

"CTRM is now the sole source of those components, notably the complete vertical tail plane leading edge, the main landing gear doors, and many access panels on the wings and horizontal tail plane and some nacelle fairings," she said.

The seven program partners helped finance the costs of the project and Malaysia is the region’s first export customer.