The primary Royal Malaysian Air Pressure (RMAF) A400M upgraded with tactical capabilities has returned to Malaysia. The upgrades have been applied by Airbus in Seville, enabling the plane to carry out new missions corresponding to aerial supply, full paratrooper deployment or low stage flight. With greater than 10,000 flight hours achieved by its fleet, the RMAF can also be the A400M fleet chief, having the plane with extra flight hours and flight cycles accrued among the many A400M clients. As fleet chief, the RMAF fleet supplies a worthwhile reference for all current A400M clients and Airbus.

In operation with the RMAF since 2015, the A400M has already modified the shopper’s airlift operative, taking part in a key position in all mission varieties, together with cargo and personnel transport, humanitarian and catastrophe aid missions, transport of heavy tools, assist to the nationwide technique within the combat in opposition to COVID-19 pandemic, medical transport, in addition to air-to-air refuelling operations. The RMAF turned the programme’s first export buyer and is the primary A400M operator within the Asia-Pacific area.

Commercial

The Airbus A400M Atlas is a European four-engine turboprop army transport plane. It was designed by Airbus Navy (now Airbus Defence and House) as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities to interchange older transport plane, such because the Transall C-160 and the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. The A400M is sized between the C-130 and the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III; it might carry heavier hundreds than the C-130 and is ready to use tough touchdown strips. Together with the transport position, the A400M can carry out aerial refueling and medical evacuation when fitted with applicable tools.

The utmost payload of 37 metric tons (41 brief tons) might be carried over 2,000 nmi (3,700 km; 2,300 mi).[87] The A400M operates in lots of configurations together with cargo transport, troop transport, and medical evacuation. It’s meant to be used on brief, tender touchdown strips and for long-range, cargo transport flights. The A400M is massive sufficient to hold six Land Rovers and trailers, or two gentle armored automobiles, or a dump truck and excavator, or a Patriot missile system, or a Puma or Cougar helicopter, or a truck and 25-ton trailer. It incorporates a fly-by-wire flight management system with sidestick controllers and flight envelope safety.