SHAH ALAM: Fourth Airbus A400M Delivered. The fourth and last A400M Atlas on order has been officially accepted by RMAF at the Airbus final assembly plant in Seville, Spain, on Wednesday. The aircraft was accepted on behalf of the government by deputy Defence Minister DS Johari Baharom. Also present was RMAF chief Jen Affendi Buang and other defence ministry officials.
The acceptance documents were signed off today in Seville by the ministry and Airbus, which give the RMAF the clearance to embark the ferry flight to Subang on March 12.
The aircraft is expected to arrive at Subang on March 14 just ahead of its debut at LIMA 17. The ferry flight from Seville to Subang normally takes two days with one stop-over at the Al Bateen executive airport in Abu Dhabi. The three previous ferry flights took the same route and stop-overs.
M54-04 was supposed to be delivered in late 2016 but it was delayed following problems affecting the A400M program.
Malaysian Defence had reported previously that the fourth aircraft will be delivered in the latest tactical configuration which comes with the defensive aid sub-system, air-to-air refueling capability (receiving and providing fuel) and the ability to deliver up to 25 tonnes of cargo.
This is the capability being retrofitted on the first A400M – M54-01 – at Seville.
Hopefully, all four of the A400Ms will be cleared for all the things that they were supposed to have when we signed for them back in 2005.
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