A communiqué released today by the UK Government summarises the recent meeting of the A400M Partner Nations.
The meeting between the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg and Turkey in London is to discuss reductions to fines imposed on the company due to delivery delays and failing to meet capability requirements, Reuters reports.
“Ministers from the A400M Partner Nations had a productive meeting with industry representatives.
The discussions focused on the progress and the next steps on the A400M programme which is already delivering much welcomed initial operational capability to several of the Partner Nations Air Forces.
All Nations and Airbus have signed a high level Declaration of Intent to re-baseline the A400M programme reflecting the latest status of the production and capability delivery plans.”
Airbus received a 3.5 billion euro bailout from the seven nations in 2010.
This comes not long after a £70 million hangar large enough to contain three of the RAF’s new Atlas transport aircraft at the same time was officially opened by Defence Minister Guto Bebb at RAF Brize Norton.
The Atlas maintenance, repair and overhaul facility, which covers 24,000 metres squared and is 28 metres high, is now fitted out and fully operational in support of RAF transport operations all over the world.
Minister for Defence Procurement Guto Bebb said:
“From deploying troops and armoured vehicles to a war zone, to getting vital support to humanitarian disasters, our Atlas fleet plays a global role and it needs a home to match.
This huge hangar provides exactly that, and will see Brize Norton ready our Atlas fleet for action wherever they are needed in the world.”
The hangar was built under Defence Infrastructure Organisation contracts and has cost approximately £70 million including fit-out work, with activity on the facility ramping up since late 2016 when it was handed to Defence Equipment and Support, the MOD’s procurement organisation.