SHAH ALAM: RMAF is sending one of its A400M air-lifters to South Korea next week, to take part in the Seoul air show, scheduled from Oct 17 to 22, Airbus says in a statement issued today .
The air-lifter will be on the static display at Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2017 (ADEX 2017 or Seoul air show) and promises to be a highlight of the show. Airbus says this all-new aircraft offers a unique combination of strategic and tactical capabilities, and is the ideal replacement for older generation air-lifters.
Airbus will also be highlighting its entire commercial aircraft product line, ranging from 100 to over 600 seats. A scale model of the A330neo, the latest variant of this highly versatile and popular wide-body aircraft, will be on display at the company’s chalet. The company has been especially successful in Korea’s airline market, where over 100 Airbus passenger aircraft from across the company’s product line (the A320 Family, A330, A350 XWB, and A380) are in service, and another 90 are on order for future delivery.
At ADEX 2017, other scale models will also be on display at the company’s chalet. These
include the C295 mission aircraft, which is suitable for the region’s maritime patrol and anti-
submarine requirements, and the NH90 multi-role naval helicopter which can be configured
to launch anti-ship missiles, torpedoes and sonobuoys.
Airbus did not identify the A400M taking part in the airshow but RMAF Air Operations Commander Lt Gen Mutalib Ab Wahab says it will be the second aircraft delivered, meaning that it will be M54-02. This will be the second time the 02 will be taking part in a foreign airshow.
The same aircraft was put on static display at the Singapore airshow in 2016. Mutalib also says that 02 is expected to fly to Seville, Spain to undergo the same upgrades conducted on RMAF’s first A400M, M54-01.
It is likely 02 will return to Malaysia first before flying off to Spain later in the month. M55-01 returned home in the last week of August, just in time to take part in the National Day flypasts, the first during the final rehearsals on Aug. 30 and of course, on Aug. 31.
The two flypasts were the first time, RMAF’s four A400Ms had flown together in a single formation.
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