Is A400M better than C-130?

The A400M is sized between the C-130 and the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III; it can carry heavier loads than the C-130 and is able to use rough landing strips. Along with the transport role, the A400M can perform aerial refueling and medical evacuation when fitted with appropriate equipment.

Is A400M better than Hercules?

The Airbus A400M Atlas is a larger and more capable option for air forces looking for a heavier military cargo aircraft than the Super Hercules. The C-130 Hercules has been the legendary heavy lift cargo transport of choice for years in the western air forces.

What will replace the C-130J?

The move is a huge U-turn by defence chiefs who in 2019 said the C-130J would remain in service until 2035 as no other aircraft could perform its high-risk role. The RAF will then use its 20 Airbus A400M Atlas airlifters instead.

How good is the A400M?

With a maximum altitude of 40,000 feet and cruise speed up to Mach 0.72 the A400M Atlas can fly in regular civilian airspace. Testing is confirming that the aircraft has excellent aerodynamic performance and very stable in normal flight but extremely agile for such a large aircraft.

Can an A400M carry a tank?

With a basic fuel capacity of 63,500 litres (50,800 kg), which can be even further increased with additional cargo hold tanks, the A400M is the most capable tactical tanker on the market.

Is the A400M still in production?

A couple of years more will help with the ramp-up.” A “rebaselining” contract signed with the European launch nations in 2019 reduced final assembly of the A400M to its current rate of eight to nine per year, safeguarding manufacturing until 2030.

What engine is on the A400M?

Europrop TP400Airbus A400M Atlas / Engine type

Is the A400M a failure?

A military plane crash in Spain was probably caused by computer files being accidentally wiped from three of its engines, according to investigators. Plane-maker Airbus discovered anomalies in the A400M’s data logs after the crash, suggesting a software fault.

Why does the A400M have propellers?

The four 17ft props on the A400m turboprop can move much larger cylinders of air than can the four 6.5ft fans of the c17. This generates much more thrust when static or moving slowly as in takeoff or landing, particularly important on poor fields.

Which countries use A400M?

The A400M programme was formally launched in May 2003, with partner nations Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and the UK committing to a combined 170 examples, and export buyer Malaysia four.

What countries use A400M?

The A400M was launched in May 2003 to respond to the combined needs of seven European Nations regrouped within OCCAR (Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Spain, Turkey and the UK), with Malaysia joining in 2005….Key figures and specifications.

Maximum range 4,800 nm (8900 km)
Delivery heavy payloads Up to 37 tons

Where are A400M assembled?

The A400M assembly takes place in Spain; the wings (largely designed with composite materials) are manufactured in the UK, while the fuselage is built in Germany. The A400M made its first flight on 11 December 2009.

What is the difference between the Lockheed C130 and Airbus A400M?

Lockheed C130 Versus Airbus A400M Lockheed C130 USAF C-130E Role Military transport aircraft National origin United States Manufacturer Lockheed Lockheed Martin First flight 23 August 1954 Status In service Primary users United States Air Force United States Marine Corps Royal Air Force Royal Canadian Air Force Produced 1954–present Number built

How does the A400M compare to the C17?

For once la Wiki has what appears to be a good side by side comparison. The A400M will cost about half as much and carry about half as much tonnage as the C17. One of the design criteria for the C17 was that it had to be able to accept an all-up M1 Abrams tank, which it can do handily, along with a fair amount of support troops and equipment.

How long will the C130 last?

Agreed, the C130 is in the air for 50 years. I think although the aircraft have the same configuration, they are in different leagues. To put things in perspective: Looks like the A400M will have a wider cargo deck which will eventually lead to an overall larger cargo capacity – would the A400M have any practical commercial use?

Is the C-130J the best aircraft for export orders?

For most AF ‘s, C-130J fits the bill, but other factors can and will come into play for export orders. Buying Soviet (sorry, the PC term is “Russian” at the moment) aircraft would be the most monumentally stupid thing any NATO country can do (and yes, Turkey have done it).