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Spain: French military takes delivery of first Airbus A400M airlifter01:07

Spain: French military takes delivery of first Airbus A400M airlifter

Spain, Seville
September 30, 2013 at 09:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Spain: French military takes delivery of first Airbus A400M airlifter

Airbus Military has delivered the first of their A400M new generation airlifter to the French Air Force in Seville airport on Monday.

Spanish prince, Felipe de Borbon, stressed the importance of the project for Europe: "Self-sufficiency and industrial capability are crucial to maintain and develop our common security and defence policy, and contribute significantly to build a strong Europe, one with a real and credible international influence. We are especially proud of the Spanish participation in the A400M programme."

The plane, which was delivered after ceremony with French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian, can carry loads of up to 30 tonnes, a mobile hospital with 66 stretchers or 166 passengers over extremely long distances without refuelling and is able to land and take off from any kind of runway. Designed as a replacement for the older generation of Hercules transport aircraft, the plane will see support roles in the armed forces of several European nations.

More than 10,000 people worked on all processes of the A400M construction. The Seville factory will build two and a half A400Ms a month in the next two years, guaranteeing around 2,700 jobs in the area.

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Spain: French military takes delivery of first Airbus A400M airlifter

Airbus Military has delivered the first of their A400M new generation airlifter to the French Air Force in Seville airport on Monday.

Spanish prince, Felipe de Borbon, stressed the importance of the project for Europe: "Self-sufficiency and industrial capability are crucial to maintain and develop our common security and defence policy, and contribute significantly to build a strong Europe, one with a real and credible international influence. We are especially proud of the Spanish participation in the A400M programme."

The plane, which was delivered after ceremony with French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian, can carry loads of up to 30 tonnes, a mobile hospital with 66 stretchers or 166 passengers over extremely long distances without refuelling and is able to land and take off from any kind of runway. Designed as a replacement for the older generation of Hercules transport aircraft, the plane will see support roles in the armed forces of several European nations.

More than 10,000 people worked on all processes of the A400M construction. The Seville factory will build two and a half A400Ms a month in the next two years, guaranteeing around 2,700 jobs in the area.