Airbus A400M Airlifter Completes Certification Flight Test for Simultaneous Dispatch of 80 Paratroopers

The Airbus A400M airlifter has completed the certification flight test for the simultaneous dispatch of 80 (40+40) equipped paratroopers from both side doors on a single pass.

Tests were performed in coordination with the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) together with French and Belgian Armed Forces.

The flight test campaign, performed in the Ger Azet drop zone in southern France during daylight, also successfully completed the certification flight test to support the deployment of 58 paratroopers from one side door, the A400M’s maximum dispatch capacity from a single door.

These major milestones conclude the certification test phase of the paratroop dispatch capability of the A400M, pending on the completion of certification activities in the first half of 2020, and paving the way for the simultaneous deployment of up to 116 paratroopers and the certification for mixed operations.

After 9 flights and 564 jumps, the completion of the test campaign concludes a very complex exercise built together with the A400M Customer Nations around the confidence in the aircraft and the highest safety requirements.

In June, the airlifter successfully deployed 50 paratroopers from a side door on a single pass.

The Airbus A400M Atlas is a European, four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed by Airbus Military (now Airbus Defence and Space) as a tactical military transport aircraft with strategic capabilities.

The aircraft was developed to replace older transport aircraft, such as the Transall C-160 and the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. The A400M is positioned, in terms of size, between the C-130 tactical transport aircraft and the C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter.

Along with the transport role, the A400M can perform aerial refueling and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) when fitted with appropriate equipment.

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