Military Embedded Systems

Automatic Low Level Flight certification achieved by A400M


May 27, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

GETAFE. The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has achieved a new decisive milestone after the certification of its Automatic Low Level Flight capability, offering a unique-in-its-class capability for a military transport aircraft.

The certification campaign, performed in April above the Pyrenees and central France, involved operations down to 500 ft., including transitions from low level flight to other operations like aerial delivery.

This first certification phase concerns operations with Visual Meteorological Conditions, meaning with crew visibility. There will be a second phase including Instrumental Meteorological Conditions, without visibility, to be certified in Q2 2021.

Automatic Low Level Flights improves the A400M’s terrain masking and survivability, aiming to make the aircraft less detectable in hostile areas and less susceptible to threats when cruising towards key military operations like aerial delivery, air-to-air refueling, logistic, or other specific special operations.



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