The fourth of the UK’s 22 Airbus A400M Atlas aircraft has arrived at RAF Brize Norton.
The programme is worth £2.75 billion and is on track to meet the UK’s future air mobility requirements. Prior to a pause in flying in May, the first two A400M Atlas to be delivered to the RAF completed over 405 flying hours, with the first carrying out its first operational mission to Cyprus in March.
British test pilot Ed Strongman had this to say about the aircraft back in August:
“It was very satisfying to conduct this first flight of the first A400M for the Royal Air Force. I have no doubt its combination of true tactical capability with strategic range will be an enormous contributor to future air mobility in the RAF.”
The aircraft will be operated by 70 Squadron.