Airbus A400M-180 Atlas Aircraft Data
Photo ID 215116 by Dieter Linemann. Germany Air Force Airbus A400M 180 Atlas, 54 09
Medium to heavy, strategic air-lifter.

The EADS/Airbus A400M is the long-anticipated competitor to the Lockheed-Martin C-130 "Hercules", which has dominated the role for decades. This design also represents the first dedicated military aircraft put forth by the Airbus consortium. Like any multinational project, there are have been long delays in what has become a very protracted development program.

A major strength for the A400M is the modern design and technology. CAD and composite materials have been incorporated into the A400M from the start, and not added later, as time progressed. The A400M is also 50% larger than the C-130 and cruise at speeds 100mph faster than. Refinements in engine technology as along with the Airbus standard glass cockpit make the A400M a true 21st Century aircraft. The USAF issued a formal request for information on the A400M. Airbus responded with a 118 aircraft proposal and with a strong EADS/Airbus lobby in the U.S. Congress, a good chance exists for the A400M to fly in USAF colors.
  • Country of Origin: Europe
  • First Flight: 9/11/2009
  • Initial Service Date: 2012
  • No. Built: 97
  • No. In Service: 95 (approx.)
  • No. of Hardpoints: 0
  • Crew: 3


4 x EuroProp International TP400-D6 at 11,060 hp


The A400M is unarmed.


Length: 148 ft.
Wing Span: 139 ft. 1 in.
Height: 48 ft. 2 in.
Max. Weight: 310,851 lbs
Max. Payload: 81,571 lbs
Internal Fuel: 111,330 lbs


Cruise Speed: 480 mph
Service Ceiling: 37,073 ft.
Normal Range: 1,781 nm
Max. Range: 4,703 nm


None as of this writing, the A400M is still in development. Contracts and orders have been signed by the governments of Belgium (7), France (50), Germany (60), Luxembourg (1), Malaysia (4), Spain (25), Turkey (10).

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Photo ID 240284 by Mike Macdonald. France Air Force Airbus A400M 180 Atlas, 0073
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Photo ID 183774 by Manuel Fernandez. Germany Air Force Airbus A400M 180 Atlas, 54 03
Photo ID 282289 by Rainer Mueller. Germany Air Force Airbus A400M 180 Atlas, 54 44
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