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.
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.
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).