Airbus Military A400M successfully demonstrates flares release

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Airbus Military A400M demonstrates the release of decoy flares. Photo: Airbus Militarty
Airbus Military A400M demonstrates the release of decoy flares. Photo: Airbus Militarty

Airbus Military has successfully demonstrated the release of decoy flares from the A400M new generation airlifter as part of the development of the aircraft´s self-protection systems. The flares are designed to mislead heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles, particularly surface-to-air missiles (SAM).

Flares are a crucial part of the self-protection system because of the A400M´s ability to operate from short and unpaved airstrips close to the scene of military action where SAMs may be fielded by an enemy.