According to Airbus Military the A400M is filling an operational AT gap. It gives more tactical capability than C-130 or C-160 and more payload/range than C-17, C-5, An-124 or IL-76/78. In England they know that the main wing is mostly made of carbon fiber. That is where the Airbus wing factory is located.
Airbus A400M capabilities: 30 tons 4500 km, 20 tons 6400 km. Ilyushin Il-76 can transport 40 tons to 5000 km.