PARIS – Supplier woes are forcing Airbus Defense and Space to revise delivery plans for the A400M tactical transport aircraft this year.

Airbus is "taking a fresh look at the entire plane to make sure we’re coherent" and will announce a new schedule at the end of February in coordination with European procurement agency OCCAR, according to Jean-Marc Nasr, who heads the defense company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Division.

With 11 of a total 170 A400Ms handed over to four of seven partner nations in the past two years, he said Airbus is now "reviewing the whole planning of the delivery schedule so we can be completely sure about what we’re going to deliver for the different standards of aircraft."

In remarks at a breakfast here Jan. 20, Nasr dismissed a question about the A400M fuselage, asserting the company’s suppliers were to blame for recent delivery delays.

"There’s no real problem with the fuselage as such," Nasr said. "It’s a problem of the global supply chain. We’ve got to optimize the system. We’re in the middle of requalifying the different companies we work with, and that’ll be done in 2015."

Nasr said some A400Ms will be handed over this year with the current standard, known as standard operating clearance 1 (SOC-1), which allows for airdrops of troops and support equipment, while others will feature an upgrade to SOC-1.5, which will add full aerial delivery and some basic tactical capabilities such as initial aerial refueling.

"These schedules need to be refined with the customers," he said. "It’s not completely decided as we speak today, and I can’t give you figures."

Airbus says all of the aircraft delivered to date are in the same basic logistical transport configuration that France has used to conduct missions in support of operations in sub-Saharan Africa and Iraq.

Nasr said Airbus expects to deliver some aircraft to France this year, though possibly not as many as Paris expects.

"We talked about three planes for France, but that’s not been confirmed yet," he said. "The French customer, the German customer and other customers of the program – Turkey and other countries – will be in a position to finalize this with OCCAR at the end of February."

France was the first country in the seven-nation consortium to take delivery of the tactical transport plane. Since late 2013 Airbus has delivered six A400Ms to France in a baseline configuration.

Turkey received two A400Ms last year, though both were delayed by a disagreement between Turkish procurement authorities and Airbus when the aircraft failed to meet contractual specifications. Ankara expects two more to be delivered this year.

Britain last year received the first of 22 A400Ms on order through 2019, while Germany’s first A400M was handed over earlier this month, after the nation’s defense ministry complained that the aircraft was not up to specification. Berlin has ordered 53 of the aircraft and expects five more to be handed over this year.