Turkey received its 10and and Airbus Defense & Space’s latest A400M, becoming the third nation to complete its fleet of tactical transports.
European defense procurement agency OCCAR said the Turkish Air Force’s latest Atlas, the MSN118 production aircraft, was delivered on March 29. He adds that this is the first A400M to be completed in the Batch 7 configuration: “the final standard to be manufactured on the final assembly line in Seville, [Spain]”.
The latest Turkish example of the Europrop International TP400-D6 turboprop has service registration 21-0118.
Ankara took delivery of its first A400M – MSN9/13-0009 – in April 2014.
OCCAR notes that the head of the Turkish delegation in charge of accepting the transport “paid tribute to the crew of MSN23, tragically lost during its first flight”. Produced for the Turkish Air Force, this aircraft crashed near San Pablo Airport in Seville on May 9, 2015, killing four Airbus flight test personnel.
MSN118 is the first of nine A400Ms scheduled to be handed over to customers this year, according to OCCAR.
Deliveries continue for the air forces of Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, with Indonesia and Kazakhstan also being future operators of this type.
Malaysia operates an Atlas fleet of four, with its transport aircraft having recently exceeded 10,000 combined operating hours. “With more flight hours and flight cycles than other operators, the Royal Malaysian Air Force is recognized as the world leader in the A400M fleet,” notes Airbus Defense & Space.
Luxembourg presented its only example of this type last year, which is operated in collaboration with the Belgian Air Force.