A400M tests from sand runways
The A400M has successfully demonstrated its ability to operate from sand runways, Airbus Defence and Space announced on 24 August.
Sand runways are the last of three unprepared types of surface on which the A400M will be certified. Earlier successful demonstrations have been undertaken on the two other surfaces: a gravel surface in Ablitas, Spain, and a grass runway in Écury, France.
This latest set of testing took place over three weeks in August on a specially constructed airstrip at Woodbridge in the UK. According to Airbus, the aircraft demonstrated excellent performance in taxying manoeuvres, such as U-turns, and during take-off and landing on the 1,600m (5,250ft) strip.
Operations at increasingly higher weights are to be tested over a final week.
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