2016 Report details for project: A400M

Project name A400M - there are 9 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
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Organisation MOD (D17) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year 2016 (data is from September 2015)
Category Military - see all reports for this category
Description: The A400M is a versatile airlifter able to perform two types of duty: tactical missions directly to the point of need and long range strategic/logistic missions.
DCA (RAG) Amber/Green
DCA text: The Programme remains on track to meet all its future milestones, but carries risk against supplier dependancies most notably in respect to meeting the planned delivery of aircraft with the required capabilities in time to train sufficient aircrew to undertake tactical flying duties. In mitigation, following the Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) manufacturing delays, that resulted in a 6 month delay to the Programme's In Service Date (ISD), a new A400M senior management team has been appointed who have engaged positively and more transparently, with Partner Nations.
Start date 2000-05-17
End date 2022-03-31
Schedule text The forecast end of the Programme remains unchanged. The transfer of the 7th UK A400M Atlas aircraft to the RAF on 10 September 2015 marked the UK's achievement of In Service Date (ISD). This milestone was six months later than planned due to issues with fuselage production in Bremen and exacerbated by the crash of an Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) operated A400M aircraft in Seville in May 2015. The impact of the ISD delay to subsequent Programme milestones can be contained within the revised ADS aircraft delivery plan due to A400M Programme Board action to gain more efficency from the UK A400M Defensive Aids modification project and implementation of training mitigation plans. Alongside ISD achievement , the full flight simulator was formally accepted on 16 July 2015 and the first line crews commenced training in August 2015.
Baseline £541.67m
Forecast £491.80m
Variance -9.21%
Variance text: In Year, the favourable programme variance is predominately attributable to Foreign Exchange gains of £43.5M, the benefit of which is scored to MOD centrally rather than to the programme or Air Domain. These Foreign Exchange gains reflect an exchange rate currently at approx £1=€1.36 compared with the rate of £1=€1.20 mandated by Corporate Planning Assumptions. Annual Budget Cycle 2016 costs are also underpinned by a Corporate Planning Assumption of £1=€1.20.
Whole Life Cost £3,713.09m
WLCost text: The costs are broken down into the following areas: a.production of aircraft; b. Support costs (i. Airbus Defence and Space Support/Airframe Support (Airframe Medium Term Contract, Airframe Design Services Contract), ii. Engine Support (Engine medium Term Contract, maintenance Level 3 Contracts, Engine Design Services Contract), iii. other Support (inc DAS Support, Mission Planning Support and DE&S support and commodities), iv. Infrastructure Support; c. Training Costs; d. other minor projects. Budget forecasts are considered to be mature and accurate; however, costs associated with the Programme's final milestone objective (Full operating Capability) are currently being scrutinised by the Programme Board.
Sourcefile IPA_2016.csv

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