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A German airforce Airbus A400M military aircraft takes off from the German army Bundeswehr airbase in Jagel, northern Germany December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Airbus Group SE wants to swap out airframe components in Germany's A400M transport planes after cracks were discovered in a French A400M aircraft, the German defence ministry told lawmakers on Friday.

Benedikt Zimmer, who heads the ministry's arms acquisitions department, notified the German parliament's defence committee about the company's plans late on Friday, in a document seen by Reuters. In the notification, he said the swap could take up to seven months to complete.

Airbus now needs to submit a comprehensive plan to deal with various problems that have affected the long-delayed A400M, including engine issues, Zimmer told lawmakers.

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Berlin Newsroom; Editing by Larry King)

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