A400M helicopter loading demonstrated
Airbus Military has announced that it has completed a successful demonstration of the loading of the NH Industries NH90 and Eurocopter EC725 helicopters onto the A400M airlifter. The company made the announcement 18 June, 2012.
According to Airbus Military, a series of tests were conducted at Holzdorf air base in Germany and at Toulouse, France respectively; during which the NH90 and EC725 were loaded onto, and unloaded from, the Grizzly 4 development aircraft as required for military Initial Operating Capability (IOC).
This is the first demonstration of the A400M´s cargo-carrying capability using a real aircraft, and represents ‘the most challenging loads in terms of their dimensions required for IOC’. Airbus Military will now carry out further exercises showing the aircraft´s ability to carry a wide range of military equipment as required by the launch nations.
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