Airbus A400M Completes Simultaneous
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.
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
After 9 flights and 564 jumps, the completion of
the test campaign concludes a very complex exercise.
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).