A team of 5 RAF engineers have been specifically chosen for their unique skill set and deployed to British Forces South Atlantic Islands to successfully complete an intricate engine change on an A400M aircraft. Tailored tooling and equipment was required for the project; one that had never been attempted before at such a remote location away from RAF Brize Norton.

Cpl Ramsey Awad from 70 Sqn has been leading the bespoke engineering team, he said: “The task has gone to plan, without any major disruption, this is due to a whole team effort ensuring all equipment and spares necessary for the task arrived safely in the Falkland Islands and the enthusiastic and professional attitude of the deployed team”.

Gp Capt Chris Jones OBE is Head of Airbus Support Centre UK, he explained: “Recovering an A400M that needs an engine change is always a significant event that needs expertise and careful engineering. There has been a constant link between the UK and the deployed team at BFSAI. Team Atlas is a combined effort of RAF, Airbus and Flybe the task has been a good test of joint organisational skills and communication”.

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