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RAF Atlas takes over in Middle East

26 November 2017

UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Airbus A400M Atlas airlifters have taken the lead in UK strategic and intra-theatre air transport operations across the Middle East.

The stepping up of the A400M’s operational tasking now sees it flying regular missions to the region from the UK air transport main operating base at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and flying intra-theatre logistics missions supporting UK forces across the Middle East.

The RAF announced the handover of the intra-theatre mission from the RAF’s C-130J fleet earlier this month. These include both the scheduled shuttle flights to Iraq and the Gulf region, as well as short-notice tasking in response to events.

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