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Interview

The Last A400M for the TurAF Will Be Delivered in 2022!

Defence Turkey talked to Mr. José Luis de Miguel CORTÉS, Airbus Defence and Space Vice President & Head of Product Marketing on the status of the A400M Program and the deliveries to Turkish Air Force (TurAF)

Issue 92

Defence Turkey: How would you best describe the current status of the A400M Program, which was initially considered as Airbus’ strategic move into the military transport aircraft sector but in time has turned into a headache due to industrial problems that hampered the program and caused the company to pay heavy penalties for both the capability shortfalls and the delays to resolve them? Have you resolved the industrial problems including the flaw discovered in the propeller driving power gearbox of the TP400-D6 engine?

José Luis de Miguel CORTÉS: On June 14th we announced the Global Re-baselining of the Program. We are extremely grateful to the Customer Nations and OCCAR for their continued support and the constructive discussions on this complex subject matter, achieving a decisive de-risk of the A400M Program that will ensure its present and future as the air forces backbone for strategic airlift for the decades to come.