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PICTURE: A400M 'Grizzly' clears runway debris trial

Airbus Military says preliminary work to assess the A400M's ability to manoeuvre under rough field conditions was successful.

Conducted late last month at Francazal air base – a former military airfield near Toulouse, France – the process involved using MSN003, one of the programme's development aircraft, performing fast taxi trials with chalk pellets scattered on the ground.

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“The work was designed to ensure that the aircraft and procedures are ready for the eventual test programme at a location yet to be selected,” says Airbus.

An A400M should make the type's first landing on an unpaved runway before the end of the year.

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