Chile second A400M export customer
24 Jul 2005
On 15 July 2005, the Fuerza Aerea de Chile (Chilean Air Force) signed a Declaration of Intent (DOI) with Airbus Military under which it indicates its intention to purchase up to three A400M military transport aircraft.
A detailed contract is planned to be signed by December 2005. A firm order is expected for two or three aircraft and options for three more to replace Chile's current fleet of six C-130B/H Hercules aircraft. The DOI provides for Chile to take delivery between 2018 and 2022 and to benefit from industrial participation.
Chile preferred the A400M over the C-130J because of its larger payload and troop carrying participation. The A400M programme has gained orders for 180 aircraft by seven European nations and will fly in 2008 with deliveries starting in 2009. Chile follows South Africa is becoming export customer for the new military airlifter.