Airbus A400M transport plane set for mid-July delivery to France
Airbus' new military transport aircraft, the A400M Atlas, is scheduled for delivery to the French air force in time for Bastille Day on July 14.
The heavy cargo and troop transport plane is designed to compete with the smaller Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules and larger airlifters like the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. The A400M combines the ability of the C-130 to land on a variety of airfields with the carrying power of the C-17, which cannot land on unpaved airstrips.
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