A400M performs dry contacts with H225M
The Airbus A400M has carried out its first air-to-air refueling contacts with a helicopter in flight trials over the south of France.
Over the course of four flights the A400M performed 51 dry contacts with an H225M helicopter.
The flights were carried out in daylight as part of the French DGA’s flight test campaign. Proximity flights were also carried between the A400M and an H160 helicopter as part of the feasibility study for the Guépard future military multirole helicopter programme for the French armed forces.
The H225M tests, which involved no fuel, were performed between 1,000ft and 10,000ft at flight speeds as low as 105 knots. They confirmed the positive results of previous proximity flights conducted at the beginning of 2019.
The next step in the flight test programme will involve wet contact operations scheduled to take place before the end of 2019 ahead of final certification in 2021.
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