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That Europrop turboprop was / is the big failing of the A400M because it has caused the most grief. They should have gone with twin turbofans and that would have solved a lot of problems. They could've still got the short landing and take off capabilities with boundary layer blown air or whatever the correct term is. It's the same system used on the C-17, C-390 & C-2, with the technology being around for decades so It's not something new.The C-130J/C-17 combination is a great solution despite the grief of supporting two platforms and both Germany and more so France would have been served better buying into that combination. The A400M was a project to enhance Airbus’s military profile and enhance the EU supply chain. Could have been somewhat more successful had the program gone with a proven turbofan engine as opposed to developing a huge turbo shaft engine from scratch.