Advertised with the tagline “transport what the C-130 cannot to places that the C-17 can’t,” the A400M Atlas has been billed as the most advanced European cargo plane. Positioned in terms of size between the C-130 and the C-17, the A400M Atlas can carry heavier loads than the C-130, while still been able to use rough landing strips just as the Lockheed C-130 Hercules does. Capable of performing aerial refueling and medical evacuation when fitted with appropriate equipment, the A400M Atlas is a four-engine multi-national turboprop military transport aircraft designed by Airbus Military as a tactical air-lifter.
The product of the Future International Military Air-lifter (FIMA) group set up in 1982, the A400M Atlas was developed with strategic capabilities to replace older transport aircraft, such as the Transall C-160 and the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. The first part of the video shows two Airbus A400M Atlas, the first belonging to French Air Force and the second to the Royal Air Force (United Kingdom) in Estonia and Scott Air Force Base, Illinois (U.S.A.). In the second part of the video, you can see the U.S. Air Force C-130J, which is one of the planes the A400M was designed to replace.