The MSN001, the first A400M prototype, landed on Tuesday 09 March in a very cold afternoon, in the runways of Toulouse Airport, in a direct flight from Seville (Spain). The aircraft is heavy instrumented with 22 tonnes of Flight Test Instrumentation (FTI). MSN001 new home will be Hangar M90 in Airbus St Martin-du-Touch premises, near Toulouse, where will continue with the flight test campaign. So far 10 flights and almost 40 hours of flights have been made.
On 21 December 2009, TIGER PD signed the “Madrid Agreement” which enables formal acceptance of the final Spanish HAP configuration. The Spanish HAP-E is based on the so-called “PBL002” baseline together with the weaponry capability of the French HAP Standard 1 (30 mm gun, 68 mm rockets and Air-to-Air Mistral missile). On 23 December 2009, the last and 6th HAPE tail-number “2020” was delivered. HAP2020 is the 1st Spanish HAP in the final HAPE configuration. The rest of the Spanish HAP fleet will be retrofitted to this configuration.