Airbus and the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR) announced on 1 July that they had signed a new Support contract for the A400M transport aircraft, replacing a previous agreement from 2016.
The A400M Global Support Step 2 contract includes all of the launch nations of Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey, and the UK, replacing the Step 1 contract, which only covered France, Spain, and the UK.
As noted by Airbus, this new performance-based contract “creates a new partnership framework, based on pooling and sharing, where industry and operators have the opportunity to explore new areas of collaboration, concepts, and services. The modular structure of the services allows for the tailoring of solutions as per specific operational requirements”.
The Step 2 contract will run through to the end of 2023.
The announcement of a new global support contract for the A400M comes two weeks after Airbus and OCCAR announced that they had signed an amended A400M development and production programme contract.
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