Airbus Military A400M to continue long tradition of humanitarian air transport in Germany
Blagnac, 12 September 2012
Earthquakes, floods, hunger crisis – more than 100 times a year, humanitarian air transport plays a key role in quick response and help worldwide. Multi-role transport aircraft play a key role in supporting relief operations, for example deployment of food and water or transport of rescue teams and mobile hospitals.
Airbus and its subsidiary Airbus Military, the Airbus Corporate Foundation and some of it’s partners showcase on this year’s ILA air show in Berlin how the A400M could support humanitarian air transport in the future.
“The intensity and frequency of humanitarian disasters have clearly increased – so have the requirements for humanitarian aid agencies. The aerospace industry can provide unique resources and skills. They can make it easier for humanitarian aid agencies to meet the increasing demands. For the first time at ILA, we showcase some of our products”, said Lutz Bertling, President elect of the BDLI. “Especially transport aircraft, which are not constrained to operate from conventional runways, are resources these agencies really need. Here, the A400M will certainly play a central role.
Many flights for humanitarian air transport are different from normal cargo operations. One challenge for example is the transport of Emergency Response Units and material in areas without – or with damaged – infrastructure. Takeoffs and landings must be performed on grass strips or damaged airports. Normal cargo planes also need special equipment for loading and unloading. The A400M is able to transport more, over longer distances and operate right into the disaster area.
Compared with the C-160 Transall, the A400M will offer more range and an increased capacity for humanitarian missions: typical payload is about 25 tons of cargo where the Transall offered 6 – 8. Another advantage is the flexibility. You can mix cargo and equipment with troops over long distances and get the aircraft to arrive close to the operational bases as it is able to land on unpaved runways such as grass strips.
In total, there are 174 A400Ms ordered by eight customers. Of these, Germany has ordered 53 A400Ms with the first delivery targeted for 2014.
About Airbus Military
Airbus Military is the only military and civic/humanitarian transport aircraft manufacturer to develop, produce, sell and support a comprehensive family of airlifters ranging from three to 45 tonnes of payload. An Airbus daughter company, Airbus Military is responsible for the A400M programme, as well as the Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A330 and for further military derivatives based on Airbus civil aircraft. Together with the smaller “Light & Medium” C295, CN235 and C212, Airbus Military is the global leader in the market for military transport, tanker and surveillance aircraft able to perform the most varied missions. Altogether, Airbus Military has sold more than 1,000 aircraft to some 130 military, civilian and governmental customers. More than 800 of these aircraft have been delivered. Airbus is an EADS company.
The A400M is an all-new military airlifter designed to meet the needs of the world's armed forces in the 21st Century. Thanks to its most advanced technologies, it is able to fly higher, faster and further, while retaining high manoeuvrability, low speed, and short, soft and rough airfield capabilities. It combines both tactical and strategic/logistic missions. With its cargo hold specifically designed to carry the outsize equipment needed today for both military and humanitarian disaster relief missions, it can bring this material quickly and directly to where it is most needed. Conceived to be highly reliable, dependable, and with great survivability, the multipurpose A400M can do more with less, implying smaller fleets and less investment from the operator. The A400M is the most cost efficient and versatile airlifter ever conceived and absolutely unique in its capabilities.