A400M targets USA
Airbus wants to sell A400M to the USA.
Gary Parsons - 16-Mar-2010
March 16: After learning about partner Northrop Grumman’s decision to pull out of the US Air Force KC-X aerial refuelling tanker competition, EADS is now targeting selling its A400M military transporter in North America, says the news agency Associated Press.
Speaking to reporters in Paris, the head of Airbus Military, Domingo Urena, said the company hopes to sell 500 aircraft to countries outside the partner nations over the next three decades with up to 210 in the US.
"For us, the United States is a key country," he said, also hinting that a tie-up with Northrop Grumman may happen again. "It is clear that in the American market, if we have an American partner, in effect that gives us an opening," he added.
However, it’s difficult to see where the demand for A400M would come from – the US Department of Defense has finalised its order for Boeing’s C-17A and intends to keep the majority of its Lockheed C-5 Galaxy fleet flying for years to come with the C-5M ‘Super Galaxy’ upgrade, not to mention further potential orders for Lockheed Martin’s C-130J Hercules.
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