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Singapore Airshow 2020: Malaysia reveals future plans for A400M airlifters

19 February 2020
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A Royal Malaysian Air Force A400M, on display at Singapore Airshow 2020. Source: Jane’s/Ridzwan Rahmat

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has laid out plans to further unlock the tactical capabilities of its A400M heavy airlifters, including equipping the aircraft with full paradropping capabilities.

The plans were revealed by Major Lo Chee Sing, an RMAF A400M pilot from the service's 22 Squadron, during a briefing organised by Airbus at the Singapore Airshow 2020. The RMAF operates a fleet of four A400Ms.

"The Royal Malaysian Air Force is very keen to conduct, and get more involved in, the tactical capabilities of this aircraft," said Maj Lo.

According to the pilot, the RMAF began unlocking these capabilities in early 2018 when it successfully conducted the first two-point tanking operations with the A400M.

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