Saturday, 15 December 2018

A400M Atlas completes beach landing trials for the RAF

 Members of 206 Squadron, supported by LXX Squadron Engineers based at RAF Brize Norton have been practicing their skills during beach landing trials in Southern Wales.

The crews successfully completed a number of arrivals and departures with touch and go procedures on the sandy beach. The A400M is approximately 45 metres long, weighs in at 120 tonnes and can carry vast loads and is the backbone of the RAF's aerial logistic fleet.  

The versatility of the A400M Atlas means it has the capability to land on a wide variety of surfaces including natural surfaces carrying a very large payload. This tactical capability was demonstrated during trials on Pembrey Sands beach.

“My specialist team has worked hard to deliver this trial and it has showcased the tremendous tactical potential of the A400M. Once this capability is handed over to the front line it has the potential to have a great impact on operations,” said Wing Commander Neil Philp, Officer Commanding 206 Squadron.

“The advanced flight deck of the A400M and cutting-edge fly by wire controls made this task easier to fly than other platforms. We are now looking forward to the challenge of conducting this operation using night vision goggles later in the trial.” Said pilot Flight Lieutenant Cheng of 206 Squadron.


(Images from RAF / MoD)