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The powerplant consists of EPI’s TP400-D6 engine fitted with Ratier-Figeac’s FH386 propeller. The three-shaft, high-performance gas turbine engine and the 5.3 metre diameter, eight-bladed, composite propeller, give a combined power output of some 11,000 shaft-horsepower. The TP400-D6 / FH386 combination constitutes the most powerful turboprop power plant in the western world and will enable the A400M to attain cruising speeds and altitudes equivalent to today’s jet powered aircraft.
Originally posted by Figher Master FIN
I love the design... There has even been some rumours that the Finish air-force would buy these planes... But can this plane aslo be used in air-to-air refuelling...
Originally posted by echoblade
Emile, for French and Europe, it's 50/50. I don't get your point with the C-141 which is an outdated aircraft, moreover one point with the A400M was not to use jet engines. I am not sure what you want me to comment but I think the A400M is overall the best solution for us.
Originally posted by bigx01
boeing an japan worked on a comercial version of the unducted fan engine on a plane, the 7J7 back in the early 80's. they had a test plane flying but they dropped it for some reason
After Airbus launches the 150-seat A320, Boeing promises a radical new airliner with advanced propeller engines on its tail. The 7J7 will burn 50 percent less fuel, Boeing says, with a wider cabin, and it will be ready by 1992. Boeing flies the new General Electric engine on a 727 test bed, but the project is dead by 1987, killed by a combination of lower fuel prices (which make fuel savings less valuable) and technical risks. Meanwhile Airbus gets its first big U.S. airline sales with the A320.
but they dropped it because of lower fuel prices as the 80's drew to a close
Originally posted by Canada_EH
Hey guys just a lil update on the A400. They have had the customers look at and accept the class 2 cockpit mock up. Also the first nose section is also complete. If you want to have a look at some pictures and some more detailed info check out the link.
The project is interesting me as I havn't heard a final verdict on the C-17 vs A400 matter that has been brought up in Canadian paralament. Personally I still like the C-17 best but the A400 is a interesting bird none the less.
Originally posted by kilcoo316
Isn't the A400 using the same all-composite wings as used in the A350?
I'll see if I can find out more. I know the 350 is having horrible over-weight problems with its wings.
France and Germany are throwing up hurdles to a NATO plan to purchase C-17s to bolster the alliance's much-needed strategic airlift capability.
Their opposition is seen as stemming partly from a desire to protect their own industrial interests in the form of the Airbus Military A400M, even though that project continues to experience delays. The latest setback involves flight testing of the first TP400-D6 turbofan, which has slipped to the summer from the end of March, according to aircraft and engine-maker representatives.
A400M Engine Tests Slip