A400M reaches paratroop certification milestone
More paratroop dispatch certification testing of the Airbus A400M airlifter has been completed in France, the company announced on 7 October.
Testing carried out in coordination with the French Armament General Directorate (DGA, and the French and Belgian armed forces saw the simultaneous dispatch of 80 (40+40) equipped paratroopers from both side doors on a single pass.
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 tests conclude the certification test phase of the paratroop dispatch capability of the A400M, pending 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.
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