efe-epaBerlin, Jul 30

The German Luftwaffe on Tuesday presented at Tegel airport's military sector in Berlin its first Airbus A400M transport aircraft in a medical evacuation configuration.

The Airbus A400M Atlas is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft, designed by Airbus Defence and Space as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities and is due to replace older transport aircraft, such as the aging Lockheed C-130 Hercules.

The aircraft will be placed on operational standby on Wednesday and has been assigned to the German Air Force's Air Transport Squad 62.

This medevac configuration is capable of carrying up to six patients under intensive care treatment during a mission, according to a Luftwaffe statement.

It will also complement a capability currently provided by Luftwaffe's A310 Multi Role Tanker Transport in a medical evacuation configuration, which can also treat up to six patients and provide intermediate care to 16 others and 22 less serious cases.

On July 23, a standard Luftwaffe A400M conducted its first mission to Afghanistan, flying 75 soldiers from Wunstorf to Mazar-i-Sharif.

The German Air Force has 19 A400Ms. It originally intended to purchase 60 units, but later reduced its order to 53 units.