Airbus is facing much more than just contractual and schedule challenges in its A400M military airlifter program—the company may need to do a great deal of re-engineering work to achieve the aircraft’s performance targets. Numerous issues threaten to make the A400M a less attractive and capable aircraft, industry officials say, on top of the well-publicized delays in the flight-test program linked to the lagging engine Fadec development. One key area of concern is that the A400M is ...

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