British A400M Atlas transport aircraft are not yet certified to drop personnel but trials to support the capability are “planned”.
Kevan Jones, MP for North Durham,a sked in a written parliamentary question:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Military Aviation Authority has certified that it is safe to conduct parachute operations from A400M aircraft.”
Jeremy Quin, Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence, responded:
“The Military Aviation Authority has certified aerial delivery of certain categories of cargo on the ATLAS C Mk1. Aerial delivery of personnel has not currently been certified, however, trials to support this activity are planned.”
In 2019, an A400M Atlas owned by Airbus carried out the first successful deployment of 50 paratroopers from a side door on a single pass in France.
Manufacturer flight tests to deliver paratroopers continued towards final qualification with a simultaneous dispatch on both doors conducted in 2020 and full capability to hopefully arrive in 2021.
However, it should be understood that this does not mean the air forces of the six partner nations of the A400M programme, including the UK, can immediately use these capabilities in operations. This comes after trials.