Deliveries of the A400M will take off at pace from later this month, with Airbus expecting to deliver another 10 of the type to France, Germany, Turkey and the UK by year-end.

Three production aircraft have been delivered so far: two to France and one to Turkey, with only the latter having been transferred in 2014. The next French example – MSN10 – is now in the final acceptance process in Seville, Spain, closely followed by the nation’s next two examples. A second Turkish aircraft, MSN13, should then be accepted in July or August.

September should see the delivery of the first two aircraft to the UK, with the former of these, MSN15, to also be the lead example delivered with initial tactical capabilities, including basic cargo airdrop. By the middle of next year the same new production standard will be expanded to allow full aerial delivery clearance, the installation of defensive aids system equipment and the ability to receive fuel in-flight. […]