Airbus A400M tests airfield seizure

Ground forces roll out from an Airbus A400M just landed at Boscombe Down on July 17th, 2013 (Image © Airbus Military)
Ground forces roll out from an Airbus A400M just landed at Boscombe Down on July 17th, 2013 (Image © Airbus Military)

In a series of tests at RAF Boscombe Down in the United Kingdom, Airbus Military tested the new A400M tactical transport aircraft to deploy vehicles and troops rapidly to seize an enemy airfield. The photo published on July 17th shows a Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicle, and weapons-mounted support vehicle with trailer exiting an A400M with its engines running to enable it to depart immediately. The technique is typically used to enable special forces to secure a bridgehead airfield so that large quantities of reinforcements and supplies can subsequently be delivered in safety. Although not tested this time, up to 60 troops could be deployed simultaneously with the vehicles.

Source: Airbus Military