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Germany's Defense Minister Criticizes Airbus Over New A400m Delays - Yahoo News

View photo A new Airbus A400M military aircraft rolls http://martnerstczecin.blog.com on the runway after landing at Orleans air base, September BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's defense minister has criticised Airbus over new delays in the delivery of A400M military transport planes, saying the company had a serious problem with product quality. The German armed forces took delivery in December of the first of a total of 53 A400M aircraft that it has ordered, with a further five due to be handed over this year. However, the defense ministry said last week there were signals from European defense equipment agency OCCAR, which is negotiating with Airbus on behalf of governments seeking to buy the planes, that A400M deliveries could be delayed. "The http://willjddd.soup.io Airbus announcement of further A400M delays hits us at the most inconvenient time," resource Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen told Der Spiegel magazine in excerpts of an interview to published in Saturday's edition. "At stake is not just the image of the company, but also Germany's reliability as an alliance partner," she added. "Airbus seems to have a serious problem with its understanding of product quality." The minister said she expected Airbus to make every effort to minimise the impact of the delays on the armed forces. German military inspectors checked the first A400M plane in November and listed 875 defects, including missing insulation of electric cables and leaked hydraulic oil on the main landing gear and tires, Spiegel reported, citing internal documents.
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