Sad: No One Wants to Buy Germany’s 13 Excess A400M Airlifters

Sad: No One Wants to Buy Germany’s 13 Excess A400M Airlifters

Dario Leone

Security, Europe

What comes next?

“The A400M is and remains a problem child,” Lindner pointed out in a statement.

Germany had wanted to downsize its fleet of A400M cargo planes since 2011 by selling 13 out of 53 of those aircraft to other countries to save money.

But given that, as reported by Reuters, the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) has not been able to find a buyer yet, the service has given up on the initiative and take delivery of all aircraft.

German military now plans to use the 13 surplus Airbus A400M for its own needs, even though this will mean extra costs in coming years.

In fact, although longer-term costs of operating those 13 aircraft were still being assessed, state secretary Markus Gruebel said in a letter to parliament’s budget committee that initial estimates pointed to one-time startup costs of 505 million euros, including 150 million euros needed to prepare a second A400M base.

Gruebel added that even if the ministry continued to explore multinational use for the 13 planes, it made sense for the Luftwaffe using them in the meantime to offset delivery delays on the other 40 A400M aircraft Germany is buying.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper last month told that Berlin was in talks about jointly operating the 13 transport planes with the Czech Republic, Switzerland and other countries.

Noteworthy because European multinational A400M programme is years behind schedule, Germany’s share of the costs have risen to 9.6 billion euros ($10.2 billion) from an initial estimate of 8.1 billion, the ministry reported in Dec. 2016.

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