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RAF A400M Atlas in 23t airdrop

27th November 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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A Royal Air Force (RAF) A400M Atlas has delivered a cargo load weighing 23t by parachute over Salisbury Plain in a record-breaking test of the the transport aircraft’s capabilities.

The trials were carried out on 6 November by 206 Squadron to confirm the aircraft's ability to deliver heavy loads, such as military equipment, supplies and humanitarian aid, without needing to land. The trials were supervised by the Defence Equipment and Support in partnership with the RAF, the Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit and Air Warfare Centre, QinetiQ and Airbus.

Results from the trial will now be used in the Atlas development programme which is qualifying the aircraft to perform such operations in active RAF service.

Under the international Atlas programme, being delivered by Airbus, the UK RAF will receive 22 aircraft, which are expected to be delivered by the early 2020s.

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