01. March 2014
First airdrop campaign for A400M
The A400M has successfully completed its first test airdrop campaign. This campaign took place in France over Fonsorbes (Midi-Pyrenees), using aircraft MSN004 (Manufacturer Serial Number 004). For two weeks, and during eleven flights, the aircraft dropped 26 platforms and containers weighing from 255kg to 4 tonnes using the ramp aerial-delivery system (RAS-wedge). Lighter loading (11 bundles weighing from 15kg to 320kg) were dropped using the paratrooper doors.
This test will enable an initial operational airdrop envelop for the aircraft delivered or to be delivered. Further campaigns are expected to take place soon, paving the way towards a full aerial delivery capability.