Ouch! the knives are coming out and the finger pointing is starting over the latest delay to the A400M, pushing first flight into at least 2009.
Safran, a key member in the Europrop International engine partnership, is taking issue with EADS’s explanation for why the A400M won’t fly.
EADS clearly put the blame on the engine makers, but Safran points out that eight TP400 turboprops for the first two A400M flight test aircraft have been delivered.
And, the Snecma parent points out, the engines for the C-130 flying test bed were delivered in late 2007 and flight readiness approval for the engine and software were issued in April.
However, what’s still at issue is under the purview of Airbus Military, Safran notes. The company’s statement says that flights of the C-130 test bed “which are under the responsibility of Airbus Military, have not yet started.”
One wonders if the governments that forced the shotgun wedding between airframe and engine consortia at the program’s outset are having second thoughts.