South African intends to order A400M
15 Dec 2004
South Africa has signed a Declaration of Intent to become a partner in the A400M programme. The A400M is a new tactical transport under development for seven European NATO nations. It is planned to make its maiden flight in 2008 with deliveries starting from 2009. Although it is unknown how many aircraft South Africa will eventually order, the participation is set to be worth at least 750 million euros.
South Africa will be the first export customer for the A400M. The A400M will enable South Africa to upgrade its airlift capability for both humanitarian and peace-keeping activities and assist the country in strengthening its aeronautical industry.