The A400M was designed by the European company Airbus as a strategic and tactical transport and tanker aircraft. Personnel and material are primarily transported with this aircraft. The A400M can carry up to 116 soldiers, two Eurocopter Tiger helicopters, six Wolf-type SUVs, or other combinations.
The Airbus A400M Atlas is one of the first aircraft to have two propellers on a wing rotating in opposite directions. This means that both propellers turn towards the center of the wing, one clockwise, one counterclockwise.
For takeoff and landing, the A400M only needs a provisional runway about 1,000 meters long. The gear is also designed for grass, sand, and gravel surfaces.
Thanks to its smaller dimensions than other transport aircraft, the A400M can fly at low speeds. These low speeds and the ability to be converted into a tanker, enable the A400M to even refuel helicopters.
The A400M is a high-wing aircraft with four propeller engines. Each propeller has eight blades. 30 percent of the aircraft is made of composite materials and the fuselage is conventionally made of metal.
All of the German Air Force’s A400Ms are currently stationed at Lufttransportgeschwader 62 at Wunstorf near Hanover.
The Airbus A400M is participating in AIRPOWER for the 2nd time and can be admired in the static display of AIRPOWER22.