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Turkey takes delivery of its second Airbus A400M Atlas tactical airlifter

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Turkey
 
 
Turkey takes delivery of its second Airbus A400M Atlas tactical airlifter
 
Turkey has received its second A400M tactical transport aircraft from the Airbus consortium, the country’s Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM). “Delivery of our MSN0013 aircraft, with the tail number 14-0013, the second of 10 aircraft to be procured within the content of the A400M Strategic Transport Aircraft Program organized by our undersecretariat, has been completed as of Dec. 22, 2014,” the SSM said in a written statement released late on Dec. 23.
     
Turkey has received its second A400M tactical transport aircraft from the Airbus consortium, the country’s Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM). “Delivery of our MSN0013 aircraft, with the tail number 14-0013, the second of 10 aircraft to be procured within the content of the A400M Strategic Transport Aircraft Program organized by our undersecretariat, has been completed as of Dec. 22, 2014,” the SSM said in a written statement released late on Dec. 23. Turkey's second A400M Atlas military airlifter during its acceptance flight
(Credit: Airbus DS)
     
Following the handover which was formalized at Airbus’s final assembly line in Seville, the aircraft landed in the 12th Air Transportation Main Base Command in Erkilet in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri earlier on Dec. 23, the defense body said.

Turkey finally accepted its first A400M aircraft in April, ending a months-long controversy over whether the aircraft met technical specifications.

Airbus, a European multinational aerospace and defense corporation, has been contracted to supply 10 four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft to Turkey.

Apart from Turkey, the aircraft has also been ordered by the air forces of Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Spain and the UK.

Turkey is a 5.5 percent shareholder in the A400M program, with Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAS) supplying fuselage and wing parts for the plane to Bremen, Germany and Filton, England for integration before final assembly in Seville, Spain.