The Atlas A400M is an advanced tactical and strategic transport aircraft manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space through a multinational European collaborative project including Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey and the UK via the ‘Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement’ – the ‘Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation’ – otherwise referred to as OCCAR.
The international A400M programme is being delivered in partnership with Airbus and supports around 8,000 jobs in the UK. It entered service with the RAF in 2014. In October 2022, the UK Atlas A400M fleet grew to 21 with ZM420 touching down at RAF Brize Norton. In total the UK has ordered 22 Atlas aircraft. The final aircraft is due to be delivered in May 2023.