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Wed, 25 Sep 2019

Airbus A400M Performs First Air-to-Air Dry Contacts with Helicopter

The Airbus A400M has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refueling contacts with an H225M.

Over the course of 4 flights, operated in daylight over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker.

The tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre.

Airbus A400M at Don Muang Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on 19 April 2012. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

The tests, involving no fuel and performed between 1,000 ft and 10,000 ft at flight speeds as low as 105 knots, confirmed the positive results of previous proximity flights conducted at the beginning of 2019.

The next step in the flight test program will involve wet contact operations scheduled to take place before the end of 2019 ahead of final certification in 2021.

The flight test campaign also included the first proximity trials between the A400M and an H160 helicopter requested by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) in the frame of the feasibility study for the Guépard (future military multirole helicopter for the French armed forces).

HD Video Tour of an Airbus A400M

HD video tour of Grizzly 4, an Airbus A400M which was in Bangkok, Thailand, on 19 April 2012. The Airbus Military A400M was in Thailand for the very first time, and took part in the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Thai Air Force - "The Centennial of the RTAF Founding Fathers' Aviation". The visit was the final leg of the A400M's first Asia Pacific Tour during which it had already visited Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Chiang Mai before returning to Europe after the stop in Bangkok. See more: Pictures of the Airbus A400M (2 pages).

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