Airbus and the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR) announced on 14 June that they had signed an amended A400M development and production programme contract. OCCAR, which represents launch customers Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey, and the UK, said the cost neutral agreement would "achieve the A400M's full suite of contracted capabilities and retrofit schedule while also keeping the programme on a sound financial footing".
Airbus specified that all parties had agreed to stretch the A400M production schedule until 2030, reducing financial exposure. The company said a new capabilities development plan was already being implemented over an adjusted time frame to allow launch customer nations to operate in various mission profiles all over the world. Furthermore, a new retrofit schedule will implement the final contractual standard and capabilities in all A400M aircraft while minimising aircraft downtimes, according to Airbus.
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