A Royal Air Power (RAF) A400M Atlas and crew from RAF Brize Norton have not too long ago participated in Train Ouranos in France during which they skilled to land on unprepared and pure surfaces, additional demonstrating the capabilities provided by the Atlas fleet. The Atlas plane and its crew underwent Pure Floor Operations Coaching at Amberieu in France on Train OURANOS, touchdown on unprepared surfaces. Pure Floor Operations are the aptitude for an plane to land on unprepared or pure surfaces aside from that of normal asphalt or tarmac. The flight was crewed by members of LXX and 30 Squadron from RAF Brize Norton, the frontline flying squadrons for the Atlas, with certified instructors in Pure Floor Operations from XXIV Squadron onboard.

“Train Ouranos has been a superb alternative for the Atlas Power. It has fostered relationships with the opposite nations and the train and can solely serve to enhance interoperability with these nations sooner or later. The trade of data with regard to Pure Floor Operations with the Atlas C1, and the chance to make use of the Tactical Touchdown Zone at Amberieu has been an important step within the growth of this functionality for the Atlas Power,” Squadron Chief Beard Detachment Commander stated.


A400M Atlas from RAF Brize Norton flown by members of 70 and 30 squadron, conducting Pure Floor Operation coaching in France as a part of Ex OURANOS. Assisted by key enablers Tactical Air Site visitors Management, offering a Non permanent Touchdown Zone. (Photograph by Royal Air Power)

This multinational train noticed RAF crews working alongside their French counterparts from the Armée de l’Air, studying new expertise and methods of working collectively, regularly enhancing interoperability with companion nations. It follows on from Armée de l’Air Atlas plane conducting reciprocal coaching on Pembrey Sands in Wales. Pure Floor Operations are a key functionality of the Air Mobility fleet, vastly extending the number of areas the plane can function in with out being restricted to ready runways. The train was enabled by members of the RAF’s Tactical Air Site visitors Management, who created a managed airspace and Non permanent Touchdown Zone on the unprepared strip.

The Airbus A400M Atlas is a European four-engine turboprop navy transport plane. It was designed by Airbus Army as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities to exchange older transport plane, such because the Transall C-160 and the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. The A400M is sized between the C-130 and the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III; it will possibly carry heavier masses than the C-130 and is ready to use tough touchdown strips. Together with the transport position, the A400M can carry out aerial refueling and medical evacuation when fitted with applicable gear. There isn’t any quantity given nonetheless the UK (UK) has already ordered 22 A400M plane with 20 having been delivered up to now. The remaining two are anticipated this yr.

Atlas will deliver expanded capacity, capability and resilience to the Air Mobility Force for strategic and tactical Air Transport. Delivering the Next Generation Air Force capability.
Atlas will ship expanded capability, functionality and resilience to the Air Mobility Power for strategic and tactical Air Transport. Delivering the Subsequent Technology Air Power functionality.(Photograph by Royal Air Power)