Troops jump from aircraft for first time.
Airbus A400M conducts first paratrooping trials
Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed the first paratrooping trials of the A400M new generation airlifter. Spanish Army troops took part in a series of jumps at drop zones in France and Spain. The 11-flight test programme, which also included freefall jumps from the ramp, culminated in the successful despatch of 20 troops – ten from each of the left and right-hand doors – in a single run at 1,500ft. Further tests are planned. The A400M can carry up to 116 fully-equipped paratroops.