Airbus Military has successfully demonstrated the loading of helicopters onto the A400M new generation airlifter.
June 18: Airbus Military has successfully demonstrated the loading of NH Industries NH90 and Eurocopter EC725 helicopters onto the A400M new generation airlifter.
In a series of tests at Holzdorf air base in Germany and at Toulouse, France respectively, the NH90 and EC725 were loaded onto, and unloaded from, ‘Grizzly 4’ development aircraft as required for military Initial Operating Capability (IOC).
The tests were the first demonstrations of the A400M’s cargo-carrying capability using a real aircraft, and represent the most challenging loads in terms of their dimensions required for IOC. They will be followed by further exercises showing the aircraft’s ability to carry a wide range of military equipment as required by the launch nations.