Turkey to have ten A-400M military transport aircrafts

PanARMENIAN.Net - The delivery of A-400M military transport aircraft, which is seen as one of the biggest projects in the history of Turkish defense industry, will begin within 2009, Turkey's state-run Anatolian agency reports.

Production of the aircrafts will be launched by eight European countries including Turkey. The production programmed will be completed by 2012.

Turkey, which is among the launch-customer countries, will have a total of ten A-400M from 2009 to 2021. According to the program, France will be delivered the first A-400M in 2009, and the second one will be given to Turkey in 2010.

Germany will have 60, France 50, Spain 27, Turkey 10, Britain 25, Luxembourg and Belgium will have 7 aircrafts.

Turkey had signed the partnership contract to receive A-400M in 2003.

Having both tactical and strategic capabilities, A-400M has 37 tons of load capacity, and its total range is 8695 km.
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