The United Kingdom has deployed the Airbus Defence and Space A400M Atlas transport aircraft to the Falkland Islands, replacing the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules in the tactical airlift and search-and-rescue roles.
The handover saw the A400M replacement aircraft arrive at Mount Pleasant Airfield (MPA) on 28 March, ahead of the departure of the C-130J back to the United Kingdom on 3 April.
Operated by 1312 Flight, the A400M will be used to support UK forces on the South Atlantic islands. It will not, however, be used for aerial refuelling of the four Eurofighter Typhoon fighters flown by 1435 Flight. That role is instead undertaken by a sole Airbus DS A330 Voyager under the Ministry of Defence’s contract with the AirTanker consortium.
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