A400M Atlas Flies First Operational Mission.

A400M Atlas Flies First Operational Mission.

On Sunday, 29th December 2013 the French air force carried out the first operational mission of an A400M Atlas tactical transport aircraft between Orléans-Bricy air base in France and Bamako airport, in Mali.

After taking off at 10:00 EST from its base, the A400M flew for 6 hours and 40 minutes carrying a load of 22 metric tonnes of equipment intended for French forces deployed in Central Africa on Operation Serval.

This first operational mission demonstrates the aircraft’s capabilities, and is a major step towards its full operational capability, which it is expected to achieve by the end of 2014.

AEF Solutions supply an EMI/EMP Arinc 600 connector as part of the A400M Defensive Aids Equipment.

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