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Germany cuts A400M order

Germany has cut its order for the Airbus Military A400M transport by seven aircraft.


Key - Gary Parsons

October 28: Aviation Week reports that Germany has cut its order for the Airbus Military A400M transport aircraft by seven, dropping from 60 to 53. Together with the cut by the British Government to 22 aircraft, this brings the partner nations’ commitment to 170.

A deal was struck between partner nation defence ministers and Airbus’s parent company EADS earlier this year allowing up to ten aircraft to be cancelled in total in return for guaranteed loans to support production – the UK was quick to reduce its 25 by three, leaving just seven aircraft to be dropped by the other six nations. With Germany’s expected announcement, this leaves no room for manoeuvre for the other major partners, particularly France (50 on order), Spain (27) and Belgium (seven).

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chris nunn said on the 28-Oct-2010 at 11:09

Pity the british ever got involved we have C130 and C17 why do we need it
In the long term the best answer in my mind is boost the C17 fleet

Mike Yates said on the 28-Oct-2010 at 20:11

A mixture of the two aircraft mentioned above, has now got to be the better option. They are time proven, reliable, and cover anything we need in a cost effective way,we don`t need A400..the powers that be know that now, why couldn`t they see it before locking us into another expensive contract. Grizzly..white elephant more like...

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