Kazakhstan is looking to procure Airbus A400M transport aircraft

Kazakhstan buy Airbus A400M
Airbus A400M military cargo plane. The aircraft is being targeted by Kazakhstan which is negotiating to procure two.

Kazakhstan is negotiating with Airbus Defense & Space to purchase two A400M military transport aircraft, according to diplomatic sources cited by Spanish media ABC.

The Spanish firm has been looking to sell its new cargo plane to Kazakhstan for some time. It has already been presented to the Kazakh authorities several times.

Airbus sent the aircraft to the KADEX 2018 international defence exhibition in Kazakhstan with the aim of demonstrating the complementarity of the A400M with the Kazakhstan Air Force C295 fleet.

More recently, in September 2020, the Royal Air Force showcased its A400M to members of the Kazakh Government during a visit to promote bilateral military cooperation between the two countries. 

"The A400M has proven itself in service with the RAF and I am delighted that we have had the opportunity to provide assistance to the Kazakh Government as they make their decision on purchasing an aircraft to meet their requirement for strategic airlift," Defence Attaché of the British Embassy Nur-Sultan, Andrew Houlton said.

Increasing transport capacity is a priority for the Kazakhstan Air Force as it must serve an area greater than 2.7 million square kilometers, as noted by ABC.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
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