An A400M contract is expected to be signed before the end of the year as European defense ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the program, pledging to acquire 212 of the military transports. French Defense Minister Alain Richard said the governments agreed to firm procurement numbers and ``provisional maximum price'' for the aircraft, which he declined to reveal. Industry has advertised an $80-million price tag for a basic A400M. The ministers also stated their desire to sign a ...


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