The Luftwaffe has reportedly decided not to accept delivery of two Airbus A400M aircraft, citing ‘technical problems’.
“The armed forces have decided not to accept two A400Ms due for delivery,” the Luftwaffe said in a press statement. It was also reported that routine checks on some of the 31 (out of 53) delivered aircraft have found “not all 24 nuts per propeller had the correct tightening torque”.
The Luftwaffe also said:
“If these problems are not identified and corrected, they can cause severe structural damage to the propeller and shaft.”
When contacted, Airbus said in a statement that issues were not safety critical.
“The overall aim of the Global Rebaselining – both for Airbus as well as for OCCAR and the Launch Customer Nations – was to recover a sustainable contractual basis for and to ensure a proper execution of the A400M programme,” said Dirk Hoke, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Defence and Space.
“I would like to thank our customers for their engagement and support during the discussions over the last two years. This new situation will also support our efforts to export the A400M worldwide.”