November 04, 2013
Credit: DOUMENJOU Alexandre/Airbus Military
After years of frustration, Europe is beginning to see a breakthrough in its ability to certify military aircraft to fly across the continent, as regulatory bodies in France and the U.K. are recognizing one another's work in declaring the Airbus A400M airworthy.
The problem of differing country-specific standards has grown in the last few decades. Not only do major cross-border defense procurement programs have to cope with individual national requirements, but they carry the cost that comes with a series of expensive trials for each certification.