Nov 5/09: South Africa’s government announces that they are pulling out of the A400M program, which was on pace to deliver its first aircraft to South Africa in 2014-2016, instead of 2010 as originally planned:
“Cabinet decided to terminate the contract to purchase eight A400 Airbus strategic lift aircraft. This decision follows a review of the contract by the Ministries of Defence and Military Veterans, Finance, Trade and Industry, Science and Technology and Public Enterprises. The termination of the contract is due to extensive cost escalation and the supplier’s failure to deliver the aircraft within the stipulated timeframes. Armscor will be instructed to terminate the programme as soon as possible.
Perhaps Pakistan should pick up these 8 A400M units for its transportation needs to move Al Khalid tanks faster from east to west , and vice versa if needed
The plan looks very capable
Crew: 3 or 4 (2 pilots, 3rd optional, 1 loadmaster)
Capacity: 37,000 kg (82,000 lb)
116 fully equipped troops
up to 66 stretchers accompanied by 25 medical personnel