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The ZM403, the third British A400M at home

A400 ZM403 UK
credit: A400M UK Pilot

(B2) From its nickname, it is called ZM403…. This is the third A400M, Airbus' new military transport aircraft, to display the Royal Air Force (RAF) roundel. And he returned “home”, landing overnight from Sunday to Monday (July 6), at the Brize Norton base in Oxfordshire after a 2 1/2 hour flight from Spain, where the European apparatus is assembled.

Before the pause in flights in May/June, due to the Seville accident (read: Crash of an A400M in Seville), the first two British Atlas A400Ms have already completed more than 405 flight hours,” specifies the RAF. And the first plane – the “City of Bristol” – carried out “ its first operational mission to Cyprus in March ».


The aircraft will participate “ initially for low-intensity operations " But " Once all UK requirements have been met, it will be able to provide high altitude parachuting and refueling, high precision airdrops and will have advanced self-defence capabilities..

NB: The United Kingdom has placed an order for 22 A400M aircraft for an overall cost of participation in the program of 2,75 billion pounds.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).