An A400M Atlas carried out the successful deployment of 50 paratroopers from a side door on a single pass.
The photo shows a part of these tests performed recently at the Ger Azet drop zone in southern France.
Flight tests to deliver 58 paratroopers from one side door will continue towards final qualification with simultaneous dispatch in 2020 and full capability in 2021, say the firm.
It should be noted that the original requirement for the craft is for 116 paratroopers able to jump out of the aircraft in one dispatch, quite a way still to go then it seems.
Last year, a Royal Air Force A400M Atlas has delivered 23 tonnes by parachute over Salisbury Plain.
The drops, which the MoD say represent the heaviest overall load ever air-dropped by a UK aircraft, took place as part of trial to confirm the aircrafts ability to deliver heavy loads, such as military equipment, supplies and humanitarian aid, without needing to land.
It should be noted that he maximum cargo weight deliverable via the Container Delivery System from a C-130J Hercules is approximately 15 tonnes, according to the MoD.
Wing Commander Ed Horne, Officer Commanding LXX Squadron, said:
“Atlas has already proven itself on active service especially in the humanitarian relief role in the Caribbean last year and Indonesia earlier this year. These trials confirm the RAF as having one of the most capable transport fleets in the entire world and are a significant step forward in qualifying Atlas for even more operations.”
The trials were reportedly overseen by the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) in partnership with the RAF, the Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit and Air Warfare Centre, QinetiQ and Airbus.
The aircraft is a multi-national military transport aircraft. It was designed by Airbus Military (now Airbus Defence and Space) as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities to replace older transport aircraft, such as the Transall C-160 and the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.