Airbus A400M aircraft of Royal Air Force to land on soil runway in Suffolk

Runway transforms into a sandpit to test RAF aircrafts
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The new Airbus A400M aircraft  of Royal Air Force to land on soil runway in Suffolk

23 Parachute Engineer Regiment has built a 1.7km-long, sand temporary landing zone from scratch at Rock Barracks, in Woodbridge, for Ministry of Defence (MOD) testing to prove the A400M’s ability to operate from soft runways.

Engineers based at the Woodbridge 23 Parachute Regiment in Suffolk have built a mile long runway out of soil.

It’s being used to test the new Airbus A400M transport aircraft today (August 24) that needs to land on soft terrain.

The A400M aircraft in RAF service named ATLAS and the RAF will take delivery of its first of 22 aircraft in Autumn 2014 with deliveries expected to be complete by 2019.

In addition to its tactical capability ATLAS will complement the C-17 in providing the UK with a strategic airlift capability when and where it is required.