A-400M TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT
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- Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has submitted its A400M transport aircraft as a potential option for the Indian Air Force's Request for Information (RFI) for a Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) with a carrying capacity of 18 to 30 tonnes.
A400M (Future Large Aircraft) Military Transport Aircraft
- The Airbus A400M Atlas is a European four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft.
- The aircraft weighs approximately 76,500kg and the maximum take-off weight is 141,000kg.
- The A400M (formerly known as the future large aircraft) is designed to meet the requirements of the Belgium, French, German, Spanish, Turkish, Luxembourg and UK air forces.
- It was designed by Airbus Military (now Airbus Defence and Space) as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities.
- The A400M’s normal operating speed is 555km/h, but it can reach a maximum speed of 780km/h.
- The A400M can carry heavier loads than the C-130 and can use rough landing strips.
- The A400M can also perform aerial refueling and medical evacuation when fitted with appropriate equipment.
- Its capability for short, soft field landing and take-off is part of the requirement and the aircraft has six-wheel high-flotation main landing gear.
- Airdrops and tactical flight require good low-airspeed flight, and the aircraft is also capable of long-range, high-cruise speeds for rapid and flexible deployment.
Q. Consider the following statements with reference to Airbus A400M Atlas.
1. The Airbus A400M Atlas is a European four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft.
2. The A400M’s normal operating speed is 10000km/h.
3. The A400M can perform aerial refueling and medical evacuation when fitted with appropriate equipment.
4. The aircraft weighs approximately 76,500kg and the maximum take-off weight is 141,000kg.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c)1, 3 and 4 only
(d) None of the above.
Correct Answer: (c)1, 3 and 4 only