Airbus is facing much more than just contractual and schedule challenges in its A400M program, as the aircraft may need massive re-engineering work to achieve its performance targets. One key area of concern appears to be the A400M being overweight, which would negatively affect the aircraft’s payload and range capabilities. Sources close to the program say the aircraft is significantly heavy in its current development status. The first six units to be used in the flight test program are ...

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