The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has achieved a new decisive milestone after the certification of its Automatic Low Level Flight capability, offering a unique in its class capability for a military transport aircraft.
The certification campaign, performed in April above the Pyrenees and central France, involved operations down to 500 feet/152 m, including transitions from low level flight to other operations like aerial delivery.
This first certification phase concerns operations with Visual Meteorological Conditions, meaning with crew visibility. There will be a second phase including Instrumental Meteorological Conditions, without visibility, to be certified in Q2 2021.
Inherent to the fighter aircraft world, and as a unique capability for a military transport aircraft, the Automatic Low Level Flights improves the A400M’s terrain masking and survivability, making the aircraft less detectable in hostile areas and less susceptible to threats when cruising towards key military operations like aerial delivery, air-to-air refuelling, logistic or other specific special operations.
|Overall Length||45.10 m/148 feet|
|Overall Height||14.70 m/48 feet|
|Wing Span||42.40 m/139 feet|
|Cargo Hold Length (ramp excluded)||17.71 m/58 feet|
|Cargo Hold Height||3.85-4.00 m/12 feet 7 inch-13 feet|
|Cargo Hold Width||4.00 m/13 feet|
|Cargo Hold Volume||340 m3/12,000 feet3|
|Maximum Take Off Weight||141,000 kg/310,850 lbs|
|Maximum Landing Weight||123,000 kg/271,200 lbs|
|Internal Fuel Weight||50,500 kg/111,300 lbs|
|Maximum Payload||37,000 kg/81,600 lbs|
|EuroProp International TP400-D6||11,000 shp/8,200 kW|
|Maximum Operating Altitude||12,200 m/40,000 feet|
|Maximum Cruise Speed (TAS)||300 knots/345 mph/555 km/h|
|Cruise Speed Range||0.68-0.72 M|
|Range with Maximum Payload (37,000 kg/81,600 lbs)||1,780 NM/2,050 miles/3,300 km|
|Range with 30,000 kg/66,000 lbs Payload||2,450 NM/2,796 miles/4,500 km|
|Range with 20,000 kg/44,000 lbs Payload||3,450 NM/3,977 miles/6,400 km|
|Maximum Range (Ferry)||4,700 NM/5,406 miles/8,700 km|