Operational premiere: On 12 April, a French TIGER HAP helicopter of the 5th Combat Helicopter Regiment was transferred in an A400M from Gao (Mali) back to its home base in Pau (France). The complete helicopter transport was performed within 24 hours, including a stop in Niamey (Niger).
An inaugural A400M User Forum was held from the 5th to 7th of April 2016 in Seville, Spain and was attended by a wide range of attendees (around 150 people in total) from the end user community, including representatives from each Participating State, Malaysia, AMSL (Airbus Military Sociedad Limitada) and OCCAR-EA.
The Italian FREMM Carabiniere has just concluded a six month deployment at sea off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean. The ship was employed on Operation ATALANTA (current counter-piracy military operation; the first undertaken by the European Union Naval Force), where she acted as flagship for five months.
‘A quantum leap forward’ was the expression used by Lieutenant-Colonel Joachim Geist to describe the successful operational test of the Boxer vehicle in Australia in an article on the German Army website. The “Gruppentransportfahrzeug” (GTFz) is the Boxer version used by the German infantry, which was transported in early February 2010 to the Australian Outback, for an operational test under hot and dry and hot and humid conditions.