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The A400M in the UK

Despite a troubled development history, the RAF’s new A400M Atlas is not only breaking new ground in terms of technical performance, but also the way in which industry and the Ministry of Defence are working together to support, maintain and operate the aircraft

Note on sources: The authors were lucky enough to visit the A-400M maintenance, logistics and training facilities at RAF Brize Norton in July 2016 to conduct interviews and research on the aircraft. The UK’s new medium-heavy transport aircraft, the Airbus A400M, has had a troubled development pathway. However, one of its major outstanding issues has been eased with clearance in July of a fix that more than quadruples the time between checks for a gearbox for the Europrop

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