A400M transport planes
Gérard Longuet, Minister for Defence and Veterans, has announced at the Paris Air Show the signature by France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and Belgium (who also signed on behalf of Luxembourg) a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) relating to in-service support for the fleet of A400M transport planes. Turkey is due to ratify the MoU in the coming weeks.
The agreement will cover the establishment of:
a “common core” shared by all the partner countries. The aim of this “common core” of support is to manage collectively the configuration and development of the planes and possibly the spare parts;
a Franco-British partnership for all other support activities, particularly maintenance, repair etc.
This agreement will translate into the signature of contracts by OCCAR (Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation) on behalf of the nations. The first of these contracts should concern Franco-British cooperation in terms of support, in accordance with the provisions of the November 2010 treaty.
Seven client countries are involved in the A400M European transport plane programme: Germany, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Belgium and Luxembourg. France will be the first country to receive A400M planes, from 2013 onwards. Four A400M planes have been taking part in the flight test programme since December 2009./.