The Republic of Kazakhstan has placed an order for two Airbus A400M military transport aircraft, including a complete suite of maintenance and training support.
With delivery of the first aircraft scheduled in 2024, Kazakhstan will become the ninth operator of the A400M aircraft, together with Germany, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, Belgium, Malaysia and Luxembourg.
Kazakhstan and Airbus have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on maintenance and overhaul services, with the first step of this partnership being the creation of a local C295 maintenance centre.
”The A400M will become the cornerstone of Kazakhstan’s tactical and strategic airlifting operations,” said Michael Schoellhorn, CEO of Airbus Defense and Space.
“This new export contract brings the total number of A400M orders to 176 aircraft, a figure that we expect to increase in the near future.
“With more than 100 aircraft delivered and 100,000 flight hours in operation, the A400M has proven its capabilities, reaching a state of maturity that many potential customers were waiting for.”
With the capacity to accommodate the country’s inventory and conduct military, civil and humanitarian missions, the A400M will allow Kazakhstan to rapidly respond to any mission by quickly deploying advanced capabilities over long distances and enabling effective access to remote areas.