Airbus A400M achieves paratrooper deployment milestone

An A400M Atlas carried out the successful deployment of 50 paratroopers from a side door on a single pass.

The tests were performed recently at the Ger Azet drop zone in southern France.

Flight tests to deliver 58 paratroopers from one side door will continue towards final qualification with simultaneous dispatch in 2020 and full capability in 2021, say the firm.

It should be noted that the original requirement for the craft is for 116 paratroopers able to jump out of the aircraft in one dispatch.