Turkish Air Force receives its first A400M


Earlier this month Turkey’s air force became the second to take the Airbus A400M into its inventory.

The Turkish Air Force formally accepted the aircraft from Airbus Defence and space and the A400M final assembly line in Seville, Spain, with another handover ceremony set to take place at some future stage in Turkey.

The third production A400M has been flown to Kayseri air base in central Turkey where it will initially be used for training.

Once in service the new aircraft will replace The Turkish Air Force’s French built C-160 Transalls, giving the country a major increase in airlift and air transport capability.

France’s Armee De L-air has already taken delivery of two of the new generation airlifters with the first for Germany’s Luftwaffe on the Seville assembly line. It is scheduled for delivery in the final quarter of this year.

In December the second A400M taken into service by France flew the type’s first operational mission. It successfully delivered 22 tons of supplies to support France’s Operation Serval in Mali.

The new generation airlifter flew out of Orleans air base in December 29 on a close to seven hour mission that also involved taking French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Mali as well as Chad and Niger.