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Airbus A400M Completes Full Paratrooper Simultaneous Dispatch Certification

The Airbus A400M has successfully achieved certification of the simultaneous paratrooper dispatch capability and completed the full industrial development of the types paratrooping deployment capacity, with a maximum dispatch of 116 paratroopers using both side doors (58 + 58).

Picture shows the successful dispatch of paratroopers during the flight test campaign over Ger Azet drop zone in southern France in September 2019. Picture: Airbus. Click to enlarge.

The certification fight test, completed last month in coordination with the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) and supported by the French and Belgian Armed Forces, combined an extensive paratrooping campaign of more than 1,000 jumps along with the implementation of new capability development methodologies based on recording and 3D modelling of paratrooper jump trajectories.

This certification completes a challenging journey to achieve this next generation capability, said Dirk Hoke, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Defence and Space. The achievement reinforces the strategic value the A400M already offers to air force operators and society, as demonstrated during COVID19 times.

With the completion of this key milestone, the A400M is certified to carry 116 paratroopers who can jump two at a time from the ramp in freefall, or through the paratroop side doors with automatic parachute opening.

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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