SHAH ALAM: RMAF has set another flight record, this time involving the Airbus A400M air lifter. Airbus held a ceremony at the Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference (DSA), to celebrate the achievement of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) for being the first A400M operator to log more than 10,000 flight hours worldwide in 2021.
Johan Pelissier, Head of Asia-Pacific for Airbus Defence and Space, presented the award to General Dato’ Sri Mohd Asghar Khan bin Goriman Khan RMAF, Chief of Air Force to commemorate the milestone. The event was also attended by Raymond Lim, Airbus Chief Representative Malaysia; Jose Corcia, Head of Airbus Defence and Space (Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei) and Addi Faiz Adnan, Head of Airbus Defence and Space for Malaysia.
Having achieved more flight hours and flight cycles than any other A400M operators, the RMAF is recognized as the A400M global fleet leader, serving as a valuable reference for all existing A400M customers and Airbus.
In operation with the RMAF since 2015, the A400M has already changed the customer’s airlift operation, playing a key role in all mission types. These includes cargo and personnel transport, humanitarian and disaster relief missions, transport of heavy equipment, in support of national strategy in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic, medical transport, as well as air-to-air refuelling operations.
Recently, RMAF upgraded one of the A400Ms with tactical capabilities, enabling the aircraft to perform missions such as aerial delivery, full paratrooper deployment or low-level flight. The RMAF became the programme’s first export customer and is the first A400M operator in the Asia-Pacific region.
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