The Directorate General of Armament (DGA) on November 22, 2017 took delivery of the twelfth A400M Atlas military transport aircraft for the French Air Force. The aircraft carries the serial number MSN62.
Beyond the tactical and logistical capabilities of its predecessors, this aircraft is the first to be equipped with 2 pods for refueling aircraft in flight. Other aircraft in the fleet will be progressively equipped with this capability during retrofit campaigns. The MSN 62 will fly to its home base at Orléans-Bricy airbase in the coming days.
A tactical military transport aircraft with a strategic reach, the A400M, produced by Airbus Defense and Space, is unmatched in the global market. Equipped with four turboprops, it is designed to carry up to 37 tons of equipment and carry out all missions related to transport, including inter- and intra-theater links, assault landings on rough terrain, the personnel and equipment delivery by parachute – including from very high altitudes – air refueling and medical evacuations.
The Ministry of the Armed Forces will have received 15 A400Ms by 2019, in accordance with the Military Programming Law 2014-2019.
|Overall Length||45.10 m/148 feet|
|Overall Height||14.70 m/48 feet|
|Wing Span||42.40 m/139 feet|
|Cargo Hold Length (ramp excluded)||17.71 m/58 feet|
|Cargo Hold Height||3.85-4.00 m/12 feet 7 inch-13 feet|
|Cargo Hold Width||4.00 m/13 feet|
|Cargo Hold Volume||340 m3/12,000 feet3|
|Maximum Take Off Weight||141,000 kg/310,850 lbs|
|Maximum Landing Weight||123,000 kg/271,200 lbs|
|Internal Fuel Weight||50,500 kg/111,300 lbs|
|Maximum Payload||37,000 kg/81,600 lbs|
|EuroProp International TP400-D6||11,000 shp/8,200 kW|
|Maximum Operating Altitude||12,200 m/40,000 feet|
|Maximum Cruise Speed (TAS)||300 knots/345 mph/555 km/h|
|Cruise Speed Range||0.68-0.72 M|
|Range with Maximum Payload (37,000 kg/81,600 lbs)||1,780 NM/2,050 miles/3,300 km|
|Range with 30,000 kg/66,000 lbs Payload||2,450 NM/2,796 miles/4,500 km|
|Range with 20,000 kg/44,000 lbs Payload||3,450 NM/3,977 miles/6,400 km|
|Maximum Range (Ferry)||4,700 NM/5,406 miles/8,700 km|