German Air Force Receives Its 33rd Airbus A400M Atlas Airlifter

German Air Force (Luftwaffe) received its 33rd A400M multi-role military transport aircraft from Airbus Defence, the service announced.

The 33rd A400M (MSN103) was delivered to the Luftwaffe’s Air Transport Wing 62 (Lufttransportgeschwader 62, LTG 62) based at Wunstorf Air Base in Lower-Saxony. Luftwaffe has a total of 53 aircraft on order.

Airbus A400M Atlas is a multi-national, four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed by Airbus Military (now Airbus Defence and Space). It was designed as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities to replace older transport aircraft, such as the Transall C-160 and the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.

The A400M is positioned, in terms of size, between the C-130 Hercules/ C-130J Super Hercules tactical airlifter and the C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter. The aircraft, powered by four Europrop TP400-D6 engines rated at 8,250 kW (11,000 hp) each, can carry heavier loads than the C-130, while able to use rough landing strips.

Along with the transport role, the A400M can perform aerial refueling and aeromedical evacuation (AE) when fitted with appropriate equipment. The aircraft is intended for use on short, soft landing strips and for long-range, cargo transport flights.

The A400M’s maiden flight took place on 11 December 2009 from Seville, Spain and the first aircraft was delivered to the French Air Force in August 2013.

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