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Tue, 8 Oct 2019

Airbus A400M Completes Simultaneous Paratrooper Dispatch

The Airbus A400M new generation 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.

80 paratroopers jumping out of an Airbus A440M, the largest simultaneous deployment from an A400M on a single pass thus far. Click to enlarge.

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 A400Ms 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.

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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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