[HD video below]
The Airbus Military A400M flew over Thailand for the very first
time on Thursday as it takes part in the celebrations of the 100th
anniversary of the Royal Thai Air Force – “The Centennial of the
RTAF Founding Fathers’ Aviation”.
The visit is the final leg of the first Asia
Pacific Tour the A400M is making. The imposing aircraft has
already visited Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Chiang Mai and now Bangkok,
before it returns to Europe.
The aircraft for the tour is Grizzly 4,
one of the five development aircraft. Malaysia is the first Asian
customer, having ordered four A400Ms, which has as its launch
customer nations Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain,
Turkey and the UK.
“We have a long standing relationship with
Thailand where several of our smaller aircraft are already
operating successfully for years,” said Ignacio Alonso, Airbus
Military Senior Vice President for Commercial, Strategy and
Industrial Relations, Asia. “Last year one of our C295s undertook
a humanitarian mission to the province of Nakhorn Sawan to support
the relief efforts for the floods that affected the area. And
today we are proud to bring the A400M to Thailand and participate
in the 100th anniversary of the Royal Thai Air Force showing the
multi-role capabilities of this new generation airlifter. We hope
to see the A400M flying with the Royal Thai Air Force in the
The A400M combines both tactical and
strategic/logistic missions, while being also able to be used as a
tanker plane. With its cargo hold specifically designed to carry
the outsize equipment needed today for both military and
humanitarian disaster relief missions, it can bring this material
quickly and directly to where it is most needed.
HD Video of Grizzly 4 Airbus A400M
@ Don Muang Airport in Bangkok