A400M undergoes cold weather testing
Airbus Military has announced that the A400M has successfully passed a renewed series of cold weather tests in a production-representative configuration. The testing is an important milestone in the programme’s progression toward the first customer delivery.
The testing was conducted during a week-long deployment to Iqaluit, Canada. The flight test-team demonstrated the capability of equipment such as the cargo system and production-standard engines which were not available during earlier tests in Sweden.
According to the company, tests conducted over 5 days on Grizzly 5 / msn6 included engine runs after a 24-hour cold-soak to -32°C, use of all the cargo bay equipment, taxying, and a development flight.
First delivery to the French Air Force is scheduled for the second quarter of 2013.
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