AIRBUS A400M 'ATLAS'
AIRBUS MILITARY (now Airbus Defence & Space) : A400M 'ATLAS'
This aircraft is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft.
Refueling in the air is possible.
First test flight 11th of December 2009.
This aircraft is replacing the 50 year old C-130 'Hercules' aircraft.
Belgium will buy seven aircraft and Luxembourg Armed Forces will buy one aircraft.
All eight aircraft will be stationed at Melsbroek Air Base (20th SQN Tactical Airlift - 15th Wing) and used without distinction of nationality within the 20th squadron.
Luxembourg will provide 3 crews (6 pilots and 6 loadmasters).
The last aircraft should be delivered at the latest in 2023.
Length : 43.8 m / Height : 14.6 m / Span : 42.4 m
Unit cost : 130 million Euro / aircraft.
Crew : 2 pilots (3rd is optional) + 1 loadmaster
Capacity : 37,000 kg
Maximum speed : Mach 0.72
Range : 3,300 km at maximum payload. (20 tonne payload : range 6,400 km)
service ceiling : 12,200 m (40,000ft)
Tactical take-off distance : 980 m (weight aircraft 100 tonnes)
Tactical landing distance : 770 m (weight aircraft 100 tonnes)
Delivery CT-01 at Melsbroek 9th of October 2020 : Luxembourg Armed Forces
(below also some pictures added taken at Ostend airport during his first visit.
Delivery CT-02 at Melsbroek 22th of December 2020 : Belgian Air Force
Delivery CT-03 at Melsbroek 3th of March 2021 : Belgian Air Force
related link : https://www.airbus.com/space.html
related link : https://www.facebook.com/20thSquadron/