French Senators Discuss A400M Termination

by: Matthew Potter
February 11, 2009

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We have written in the past about the struggles EADS has had with the A400M program. Now reports that the French Senate has released a report about the program. The report continues the negative drumbeat about the delays to the delivery schedule, but continues support for the program. One Senator involved though said it might be cheaper to end the program and start afresh. The initial contract does allow the French government, as well as those others buying the aircraft, to end their support for the program and actually have EADS pay back any investment into it. This would amount to a loss of this over two-and-a-half billion Euros to EADS. If the program fails the plan would be to buy C-17 and C-130 aircraft from America which would be somewhat humiliating for the European Union.

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