Vélizy, January 31, – Messier-Bugatti-Dowty has delivered the first production-standard main landing gear shipset for the Airbus AM. File:AM landing gear Pjpg. From Wikimedia English: Landing gear system of the Airbus AM. Date, 20 Safran Landing Systems. Usage on . The AM is the most advanced, proven and certified airlifter available. This includes landing on frontline air bases, landing on (provisory) gras and sand.

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The AM is an advanced military turboprop airlifter, fully equipped as an air-to-air refueller. It can perform three very different types of duties: Powered by four unique counter-rotating Europrop International EPI TP turboprop powerplants, the AM offers a wide flight envelope in terms of both speed and altitude.

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The AM has a classic high wing configuration, fuselage with ramp and large rear door, high flotation retractable landing gear and “T” tail. Its four turboprops provide it with a cruise speed of 0. Its cabin is In June the M engine won in Airbus Industrie’s downselect on engines to power its emerging AM military transport. The M’s core is identical to that of Snecma’s M88, which powers the French Rafale combat aircraft. The chosen engine, offered in response to a second RFP Request for Proposal issued by Airbus Military in Aprilis an entirely new design in the ten thousand horsepower category, based on proven technology and incorporating three-shaft civil aero engine architecture.

The TPD6 fully meets the required specification. The TPD6 is the most powerful turbo-prop engine ever produced in the western world and, combined with the aircraft’s aerodynamic qualities, would make the AM the world’s fastest new-generation turbo-prop aircraft. The AM gexr longer range, higher payload and capacity, faster cruise speed, and improved levels of tactical performance compared to the aircraft it will replace.

Airbus A400M Atlas

Through the use of proven advanced technology developed by Airbus Industrie and its partner companies, the AM would also bring commercial levels of reliability and cost-effectiveness to military airlift operations. The AM has been rigorously designed to meet the equipment transport needs of modern armed forces. The AM can perform missions which previously required two – or more – different types of aircraft, and which even then provided an imperfect solution. Its fuselage external width of 5. With a maximum payload of up to 37 tonnes 81 lb and a volume of m3 landiny ft3the AM can carry numerous pieces of outsize cargo including, vehicles and helicopters that are too large or too heavy for previous generation tactical airlifters, for example, landinng NH90 or a CH Chinook helicopter, or two heavy armoured vehicles landung military purposes.


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It can also carry a heavy logistic truck, or a rescue boat, or large lifting devices, such as excavators or mobile cranes needed to assist in disaster relief. The AM can also carry personnel, or paratroops. It can even fly up to 40, ft for special operations. Flying faster and higher, can respond more rapidly to crises, because greater distances can be flown in a one crew ladning day.

AM Future Large Aircraft – FLA

The AM is hence much more efficient than its predecessors. Also, as it can fly higher, it can cruise above poor weather and turbulence of found at medium altitudes, resulting in less fatigue for the crews, and passengers or troops alike. Thanks to its unique short landing characteristics, the AM is the only large airlifter that can fly equipment and personnel directly to the site of action, where these materials are urgently needed.

In addition to its Europrop EPI TP Turboprops, which are less sensitive to ingestions than jet engines, the AM is fitted with a twelve-wheel main landing gear and an efficient absorption of shock-loads into the airframe structure for operations from stone, gravel or sand strips, and is designed to minimize risk of foreign object damage.

In addition to offering optimised support to deployed military operating bases, these characteristics also allow it to ensure that swift humanitarian aid can be deployed direct to a disaster region. Once on the ground, the AM is designed for very rapid and autonomous cargo loading or unloading without any specialized ground support equipment.

This allows loading and unloading without ground assistance at the most remote and austere strips, minimising vulnerable time on the ground. With the new AM, landjng can carry more paratroopers than other Western-built military transport, Airbus Military is setting new standards in paradropping operations.


The AM can accommodate up to fully equipped paratroopers, carrying them to the drop zone at speeds up to kt, but dropping them at as little as kt to ensure minimum dispersion.

Crucially, two streams of paratroopers can jump simultaneously from the ramp or the two side doors to further cut jumping time and scatter. Careful aerodynamic design reduces turbulence behind the aircraft and deployable baffles at the door gsar protect jumpers from the airflow.

The AM can assure a very rapid and direct response to any occurrence, making it the ideal tactical airlifter. These parts include most of the wing, a4000m, for the first time in history, composite main spars.

Also, nearly the entire tail the horizontal and vertical stabilizers and the control surfacesthe rear cargo door, the sponsons undercarriage bays and the propeller blades with Kevlar shell are made of composite. The extensive use of composite material enables the AM to be much lighter, enabling to enhance its performance both in terms of range and payload.

The AM has been specifically designed for low detectability, low vulnerability and high survivability.

Its high manuverability, its enhanced low level flight capability, its steep descent and climb performance, as well as its short landing and take-off performance, its damage tolerant flight controls, its armored cockpit and bullet-resistant windscreens, the use of inerting gas in geear fuel tanks as well as the segregated routing of hydraulics and wiring give it excellent self-protection and survivability.

With its minimal infra-red signature EPI TP turboprops, highly responsive fly-by-wire flight controls, four independent control computers, comprehensive defensive aids, and damage tolerant controls, the AM is hard to find, hard to hit and hard to kill.

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