The Atlas A400M is the RAF’s new workhorse and will soon replace the fleet of C-130J Hercules.

Forces News were given the chance to tour the behemoth at the Royal International Air Tattoo. Click play above to join the tour.

The RAF took delivery of the first Airbus A400M at RAF Brize Norton on 17 November 2014.

As a collaborative venture, parts are being built by countries across Europe.

The wings for all 174 Atlas aircraft are being made in Filton near Bristol.

A400M Size Comparison

RAF Atlas A400M Statistics


Engines: Four EPI TP400-D6 turboprops

Thrust: 11,000shp each

Length: 45.1m (that’s the length of 3 double-decker buses)

Span: 42.4m

Max speed: 513mph

Max altitude: 40,000ft

Aircrew: 3

Capacity: 37-tonne payload

A400M Stats