The first Turkish A400M built by the multinational Airbus Military consortium arrived in Turkey in December and has been undergoing acceptance tests, procurement officials here said.

Turkey plans to receive a batch of 10 aircraft in the next two to three years. Turkish officials say the A400M will cost Ankara $1.5 billion, and the same amount would go to the country’s local industry in work share.

A procurement official familiar with the program said there have been a couple of “minor problems” with the first aircraft and the acceptance tests have not yet been completed. “These are not major difficulties and we hope the tests would be completed soon,” the official said. […]