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Airbus Defence and Space - A400M The Versatile Airlifter

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The A400M drops larger / heavier loads and more paratroops from both low and high altitudes than other airlifters currently in service. Fewer A400M is needed for a specific load or paratroops drop mission resulting in a more cost-effective operation. (1) High Altitude Aerial Delivery High-level airdrop up to 40,000 ft are facilitated by rapid depressurisation and re-pressurisation system to drop Special Forces. (2) Standard Aerial Delivery As a versatile, multi-role airlifter, the A400M is capable of aerial delivery of both cargo loads and paratroops. The Aerial Delivery System can use gravity or parachute extraction modes. The A400M is able to perform paratroop delivery from the two rear lateral doors or from the ramp, using static line or free fall technique. (3) Very Low Level Extraction The Very Low Level Extraction mode enables airdrop from a height of 4.5 m (15 ft) above ground. The tactical capability of the A400M enables rapid Casevac evacuation from the theatre to the forward base. Its long-range performance allows Medevac and special care assistance from the forward to the home base. The standard Casevac/Medevac cargo hold configuration comprises eight stretchers are provided as standard and can be permanently stored on board. The basic configuration accommodates up to 66 standard NATO stretchers and 25 medical personnel seated on the troop seats. The A400M has been specifically designed for low detectability, low vulnerability and high survivability giving the aircraft excellent self-protection. The A400Ms advanced self-protection measures will enable it to carry out missions in the most demanding hostile environments and in which current airlifters are particularly vulnerable. All A400M could be rapidly re-rolled to become AAR tankers able to refuel fighters, helicopters and other large aircraft at those receivers preferred speeds and heights. No other tanker in service can do this. The A400Ms built-in AAR capability will give a commander operational flexibility by enabling him to assign these aircraft to whichever role is most needed to meet rapidly changing operational scenarios.