Airbus A400M Atlas
Four engine turboprop transport aircraft
On 27 May 2003, Belgium (together with France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom) has ordered 7 Airbus Defence and Space (formerly Airbus Military) A400M airlifters to replace its Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. The Belgian Air Component will also manage the single aircraft which will be bought by Luxemburg. The first aircraft, CT-01 for the Luxembourg Armed Foces, arrived at Melsbroek airbase on 9 October 2020, followed by the first Belgian Air Force machine (CT-02) on 202 December 2020. -- The A400M's first flight took place on 11 December 2009 at Sevilla, Spain where the final assembly facility is established. Currently 174 aircraft are ordered by 8 nations.