UK signs contract for upgrades, maintenance, and repair services on A400m

U.K. Defense Ministry signs off on Atlas A400M upgrade deal

By Ryan Maass   |   Jan. 5, 2017 at 3:08 PM

LONDON, Jan. 5 (UPI) — Britain’s Ministry of Defense has completed negotiating a $509 million contract with Airbus to support production for the Atlas A400M airlifter.

Currently, the Royal Air Force has 14 A400M aircraft in service. Defense officials plan to add an additional 8 by 2019. The new contract, defense officials say, secures a key part of the force’s fleet until 2026.

“The U.K.’s future armed forces will be prepared to respond quickly to global developments and the delivery of next-generation aircraft such as Atlas is vital to the fulfillment of this vision,” U.K. Defense Equipment and Support chief Tony Douglas said in a press release.

Douglas went on to add the agreement, which covers upgrades, maintenance, and repair services, will also bolster cooperation between the British government and its international industry partners.

“This key contract will deliver maintenance for our A400M Atlas fleet, enabling this class-leading aircraft to support U.K. military operations around the globe,” Chief of Materiel Air Marshal Julian young added.

Six European countries are involved with the production of the A400M, which is capable of carrying a payload of 25 tons and fly at a range of over 2,000 nautical miles. The planes are designed to perform military airlift roles such as carrying armored vehicles and personnel, but are also fitted for humanitarian missions.

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“This key contract will deliver maintenance for our A400M Atlas fleet, enabling this class-leading aircraft to support U.K. military operations around the globe,”

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RAF Atlas (Airbus A400M) ZM400 'City of Bristol' taking off at RAF Brize Norton. BZN-OFFICIAL-20150205-131-008 Mr Paul Crouch is a civilian contractor photographer employed by Serco and permanently based at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire. He previously completed 22 years as a RAF Photographer from 1984 at AIDU RAF Northolt, RAF Laarbruch, Germany, AIDU RAF Northolt, RAF Manston, AIDU RAF Northolt, 41 Sqn RIC RAF Coltishall and JADTEU RAF Brize Norton as well as detachments to the Falklands, Gioia del Colle, Italy and South Wales as a ‘Green Goddess’ driver during the fire-fighter’s strike and then ‘retired’ in 2006. After working in the commercial photographic sector for two years he was then employed by Serco to work as a civilian contractor in the photographic section at RAF Lyneham where he was often called upon to photograph the repatriation ceremonies of service personnel from Afghanistan. He was made redundant by Serco when RAF Lyneham closed in March 2012 but he was then re-employed by Serco to work at RAF Brize Norton in a similar role.

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