I mostly agree for mass (Bn+) jumps in the developed world. For SF and Coy to Bn Op, especially in third world areas, the option is still very useful.@Sexton Blake
Ah, The reason why I say it's the last is purely because of size. As a hauler of goods, I'd pick it over C130. Agreed that height, speed and range are better and that it took quite some time to get C130 to a point where RAF were happy to chuck people out of it. Hopefully we'll get our paras going out of both doors soon.
Imho the days of stealthy landings in the middle of nowhere unnoticed are drawing to a close. The proliferation of radios and sat phones mean the oppo can get wind of you quickly and the element of surprise is gone. Appreciate this is but one facet of the SF spectrum as it were. That said, if you want a fast mobile force with associated transport inserted with speed and are willing to forgo some of the stealth , then yes, A400.
Once the last issues are ironed out, l am confident we will see regular exercises where parachute Coys will be dropped directly from France to DZs in either Africa, Guyana or la Réunion island.