The Airbus A400M Atlas makes its large-scale, international exercise debut at Mobility Guardian.

The A400M was designed by Airbus Military (now Airbus Defence and Space) as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities to replace older transport aircraft. The A400M is positioned, in terms of size, between the C-130 and the C-17; it can carry heavier loads than the C-130, while 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. (

Both the Royal Air Force and French Air Force have brought this aircraft. It has a range of 4,000 miles and carries 116 passengers.

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