Airbus Defence and Space has signed a long-term global support service contract for the A400M military airlifter with the United Kingdom, France and Spain. The contract was awarded by the United Kingdom’s Defence Equipment & Support Agency (DE&S), the French Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) and Spain’s Direccion General de Armamento y Material (DGAM) through the OCCAR programme management organization.

The new agreement, effective 1 December, runs as a first step for two years and follows previously signed contracts which provided support for France and United Kingdom in their early years of operation of the aircraft. It additionally forms the basis of support for Spain which accepted its first aircraft on 1 December.

This first phase of the agreement paves the way for any other OCCAR nation to join later.

Under the new arrangement, the three nations will benefit from a spares pool, technical and engineering support, maintenance and flight operations services.

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