What is in store for the A400?
As we know, it is due to replace the RAF C130K models, is over budget and will be in service later than expected.
Business as usual then.
Negotiations are still ongoing for the final share of the overspend, various partner nations are talking about order reductions and nothing concrete seems to have come out into the public yet.
Prediction time, the MoD will eventually settle on 22 A400′s and retire the C130J’s early as part of the future SDR moving at an accelerated pace to its ‘two type strategy’
The A400 will also be included in a ‘deal’ with EADS that includes the A330 and the cancellation of the FSTA PFI, this will also be integrated into a joint programme with the French combining strategic transport, air refuelling and tactical transport.
That’s my contribution to the rumour mill for today.