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Originally posted by waynos
There are other issues too, it is suggested, but not confirmed that the aircraft is 20 tons overweight and 13 tons light on payload.
Originally posted by waynos
According to Flight International it is 'only' 12 tons overweight and 3 tons light on payload so maybe my figures got lost in translation. Still seems a lot of weight to be accounted for though.
PARIS - EADS on Friday denied reports it might pull out of its troubled A400M military transport plane program, saying it is rather looking to renegotiate parts of the contract. The European defense and aerospace...
PARIS (AP) - Defense and aerospace giant EADS called Friday for a ``new approach'' for its embattled A400M program, in which the first delivery of the military transport plane would come no sooner than 2012.
EADS and its Airbus Military unit said they are recommending a new start to production ``only once adequate maturity is reached, based on flight test results.'' In a statement, they said Airbus Military is working with engine developers ``to firm up a date for the first flight.''
Originally posted by Zaphod58
EADS admitted that delays to the program COULD lead to OCCAR canceling the A400 program. They think that it's unlikely that it will, but they have a contractual right to cancel their orders on 1 April, if all the member nations agree.
Current costs per A400M aircraft are placed at at EUR 145 million,www.defenseindustrydaily.com...
Originally posted by FredT
This is exactly the same attitude towards "a European Engine" that basically had Airbus telling the competiton what Pratt Canada had offered and allowed them to rebid the contract.
Funny when the US congress says no to an Airbus tanker we get all this anti US rancor but when fortress Europe does it its all fine and dandy
During 2019, 14 A400M military transport aircraft were delivered in line with the latest delivery schedule, bringing the in-service fleet to 88 aircraft at year-end. Several key milestones towards full capability were achieved in the year, including the simultaneous deployment of paratroopers and helicopter air-to-air refuelling dry contacts. In 2020, development activities will continue towards achieving the revised capability roadmap. Retrofit activities are progressing in line with the customer-agreed plan. While the rebaselining of the A400M programme was completed and significant progress has been made on technical capabilities, the outlook is increasingly challenging on exports during the launch contract phase, also in light of the repeatedly extended German export ban to Saudi Arabia. As a result, the Company has reassessed its export assumptions on future export deliveries for the launch contract phase and recognised a charge of € 1.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019.