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A400M military transport aircraft tested on gravel runway


Airbus Military, a division of the Airbus company engaged in the development and production of military transport aircraft, announced the completion of the A400M aircraft test series, which demonstrated its excellent functioning on gravel runways.

During the test, which lasted more than a week, the MSN2 test aircraft carried out 25 landings on the runway of the Ablitas airfield (northern Spain).

The tests, which included ground maneuvering, interrupted takeoffs and braking using thrust reversers at speeds up to 130 km / h, did not cause engine and cockpit contamination. External damage to the aircraft from stones and dust turned out to be minimal and did not exceed the expected limits, and the runway remained in a condition suitable for operation.

The tests were successfully performed both with a protective deflector designed for installation on the front landing gear to protect the aircraft during operation on coarse runways, and without it.

Erik Isorke, head of the A400M flight test program, said: “We are extremely pleased with the results of these tests, which turned out to be very close to all forecasts and confirmed the possibility of successful operation of A400M using gravel runways.”
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  1. saag
    saag 5 September 2013 10: 45
    Now the An-70 topic will pop up :-)
    1. saturn.mmm
      saturn.mmm 5 September 2013 11: 03
      Quote: saag
      Now the An-70 topic will pop up :-)

      Mandatory. People make airplanes, but we are discussing whether we need a military transport plane in Russia taking off from the primer, well, just all of Russia in the runways.
      1. From Germany
        From Germany 5 September 2013 11: 15
        Yes, the IL-76 has been taking off from the ground for a very long time and is landing on it.

          NOBODY EXCEPT US 5 September 2013 12: 17
          Only one thing is interesting, I well remember my youth, when landing pilots turn on reverse for braking, on the ground reverse thrust is most likely impossible to use, what do you think?
          1. From Germany
            From Germany 5 September 2013 12: 38
            Starting at 1:32, this video demonstrates 2 Il-76 landings on the same runway and unpaved ground with which it took off.
            As for the reverse, not in the know, to be honest.
          2. zzaharr
            zzaharr 5 September 2013 12: 42
            Reverse is used up to certain speed limits (until the pebbles flying forward begin to overtake the aircraft). I won’t say exactly, but in my opinion. it's 130 km / h. And then we brake only with wheels.
        2. saturn.mmm
          saturn.mmm 6 September 2013 23: 12
          Quote: From Germany
          Yes, the IL-76 has been taking off from the ground for a very long time and is landing on it.

          That's just IL-76 needed 1600-2000 m for takeoff and An-70 600-700 m. A significant difference.
    2. Siberian German
      Siberian German 5 September 2013 13: 10
      and in front he’s well Annushka and Annushka — only whose oil they didn’t spill
  2. Ram chandra
    Ram chandra 5 September 2013 10: 47
    Wow. In the case of PSU it is very useful.
  3. Canep
    Canep 5 September 2013 10: 50
    Information for consideration for those who believe that a modern transport aircraft should land only on concrete.
  4. denson06
    denson06 5 September 2013 11: 13
    AirBus has long skipped a Boeing .. this is yet another confirmation ..
    Interesting plane, well done .. take off my hat .. hi
    PROXOR 5 September 2013 11: 14
    Everything is new, it is well forgotten old.
  6. Victor
    Victor 5 September 2013 11: 25
    All transport aircraft developed in the USSR, including Ruslan, are able to land and take off from the ground. In this, our aircraft building school, there was no equal in the world.
    1. 123321
      123321 5 September 2013 12: 06
      But also sit on rough terrain (field)
      1. PROXOR
        PROXOR 5 September 2013 12: 20
        Enough to remember. That our polar explorers in Antarctica and Antarctica delivers IL76. And he admires a clean ice field.
      2. Victor
        Victor 5 September 2013 19: 12
        Quote: 123321
        But also sit on rough terrain (field)

        You still say to the mountain range! drinks
  7. Gerasim
    Gerasim 5 September 2013 11: 38
    It's all about the wheels !!! good
  8. Sirs
    Sirs 5 September 2013 11: 53
    It's all about PR.
  9. shark
    shark 5 September 2013 12: 53
    We’ll miss the lead in Military Transport Aviation. But what MACHINES were created !! sadly. Well, the A400 is a well-tailored device, but nothing outstanding. I won’t be surprised if designers who fled to the west from all over the union or ours developed from those that for the future.
  10. From Germany
    From Germany 5 September 2013 13: 29
    I read about this aircraft on the German wiki - already in 2010, about 11,3 billion euros were added to the development, half of the amount was spent on eliminating engine problems (we definitely wanted to put a miracle-udo, an engine of European development on this). Well, the Germans also boast that only 2 engines in the world are more powerful (apparently meant for a similar class of aircraft): Kuznetsov NK-12 (mass production of the engine began in 1955) and Ivchenko Progress D-27 (design began in the mid-80s ) Even now, they do not reach the engines of Soviet design, which is surprising.
  11. Svetlana
    Svetlana 5 September 2013 16: 34
    Quote: Siberian German
    and in front he’s well Annushka and Annushka — only whose oil they didn’t spill

    they ripped off Annushka, it’s like in front, but it will be easier for him to tear off the head with the help of Buk-M2 - after all, it is almost 5 meters longer than the AN-70, the area of ​​destruction is larger. However, Annushka should be brought to the series and imported into Western Europe ( because the AN-70 is $ 74 million cheaper than the Airbus A400M), and if you don’t take it, turn off the gas!
  12. Marek Rozny
    Marek Rozny 6 September 2013 08: 48
    Soon this aircraft in the amount of two pieces will appear in the Kazakh army.
  13. sergey158-29
    sergey158-29 7 September 2013 18: 36
    Nevertheless, it (A400M) FLIES, unlike the Russian-Ukrainian scrapes ... crying