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Friday, February 27, 2009

A400M Delayed - How Serious is This?

The Airbus A 400M, Loadmaster, which is to make it possible for South Africa to continue to support its external deployments effectively is going to be delayed for more than a year.

We have troops currently deployed in various countries in Africa and have been the only African country to consistently support the effort with its own aircraft, but the Boeing 707 that was used has been retired and the C 130 Hercules fleet is limited in its ability. I wonder how seriously this will effect the troops deployed and Airbus. Such a large scale problem may lead to cancellations by all the other countries to have ordered the aircraft and if that happens it may seriously damage Airbus.

The biggest problem may however be that countries (not necessarily South Africa) may have problems continuing with peace keeping missions. Imagine the implications.