The A400M aircraft during its unpaved runway trials in Ablitas, Spain. Photo: © Airbus SAS 2013

Airbus Military has successfully completed unpaved runway trials of the A400M next-generation military transport aircraft at Ablitas in northern Spain.
Carried out using second production aircraft, also designated as MSN2, the trials confirmed that the aircraft can perform well on gravel runways, with minimal damage to the exterior from stones and dust.
The aircraft successfully conducted 25 landings during six flights on the same runway with and without the optional nosewheel deflector demonstrating its ability to operate to and from rough strips close to the scene of military or humanitarian action…….