MEXICO CITY – The new marvel of European aviation, the A400M of the Spanish air army, made it first transatlantic flight to take part in the 2017 Mexico Aerospace Fair (Famex).
“This aircraft represents not only the best of Spanish aviation but the best of all European aviation,” Spanish pilot Julian Castaño said.
The A400M is one of the most advanced military transport aircraft on the planet and is spreading its wings at the 2017 Famex to show how it eclipses other transport aircraft like Lockheed’s Hercules in the US.
Its range with a maximum cargo is 3,300 kilometers (2,050 miles) and the maximum distance it can fly is 8,900 kilometers. It can carry an EC725 helicopter and two AMX-13 light tanks.
Up to 116 people can fly comfortably inside and, should it be on a medical evacuation mission, it can transport 66 stretchers and 25 medical treatment units.
At the Famex inauguration ceremony, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had a close look inside the cabin and the aircraft’s interior together with the Spanish ambassador to Mexico, Luis Fernandez-Cid, and the head of the logistic support command (MALOG), Lt. Gen. Jose Maria Orea Malo.
Designed to carry out the most demanding operations, the plane can fly missions in Antarctica or land on the highest plateaus of mountain ranges in the Americas.
It can also land on unpaved fields and withstand extreme atmospheric conditions like those of the Amazon jungle.
The A400M is the only transport aircraft that can fly heavy, bulky cargoes for long distances at a cruising speed of Mach 0.72.
The motor is designed and manufactured by Europrop International, a consortium of the companies ITP of Spain, MTU of Germany, Rolls-Royce of the UK and Safran of France.