Help from the sky: humanitarian air operations to be improved with the A400M

14 September 2012 Feature story

The large silhouette of Airbus Military’s A400M that dominates the ILA Berlin Air Show’s flight line will become a welcomed sight in the future for those in need, with this multi-role airlifter’s service introduction making it available for relief operations, rescue missions and disaster response.

The A400M is intended to play an important role in future humanitarian missions with those nations that operate it, offering more range and capacity than previous-generation cargo transports, along with the ability to land on unpaved or semi-prepared runways.

Air operations for humanitarian duties is one of the themes at the 2012 ILA Berlin Air Show, with government agencies, associations and others discussing how to optimise emergency situation responses.  There was agreement that the A400M’s capacity to bring 25 metric tons of humanitarian goods and rescue equipment directly into a disaster area will be important, along with its capability for low-level aerial delivery through the rear ramp.

The A400M’s large cargo compartment can accommodate such material as rescue boats, large trucks and shelters, as well as cranes and excavators that are vital in disaster relief operations.

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