The RAF has taken delivery of the 20th next-generation Atlas transport aircraft as the programme continues to meet key development milestones. Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson announced the arrival today at a gala dinner at the Royal International Air Tattoo.
The aircraft was handed over to the RAF at Crize Norton, home of the UK’s Air Mobility Force. This coincided with crucial trials to test Atlas’ ability to deliver cargo by parachute and undergo air-to-air refuelling using a RAF Voyager aircraft. Atlas, which contributed to hurricane relief in the Caribbean last autumn as part of Operation Ruman is currently deployed on operations in the Middle East and replaced C-130 Hercules in the South Atlantic this spring.
“From deploying troops to transporting armoured vehicles, the Atlas aircraft has played a global role in operations in the Middle East against Daesh and providing vital relief in the Caribbean. As we come closer to receiving the full fleet of aircraft, we can be proud of the role the Atlas has played in supporting the RAF lift-off into a new century of air power.”
Secretary of State for Defence