Airbus tests new A400m military carrier for air drops
Paris - KUNA
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industry said on Monday that it had successfully tested its new A400m military plane in making air drops, a use it may be called upon to carry out in conflict or disaster zones.
The new generation A400m "successfully demonstrated its ability to airdrop multiple containers of a kind typically used in military and humanitarian operations," Airbus said in a statement.
The tests carried out in France showed the aircraft parachuting 48 inch square containers from a twin-line in the cargo hold, released by simple gravity.
Airbus said that the A400m had passed all tests in this area, which are part of the contractual requirements for the plane.
The A400m is also a model for transport and can have the function of refueling tanker, among other missions, and it is the first plane of its type to be developed by European governments in decades for their own military and for international sale.