I landed on in Ethiopia in the mid 80’s with more damage than that!haven't got the money to clear it with U.K. chutes is not the same as ‘not effective’.
everyone else manages just fine dropping peoples out if it.
ah, so it can land on a rough field.....
but those A400M’s, seem a bit fragile for a big butch airlifter,
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Aircraft get damaged sometimes, we have to live with that unless I have utterly missed your point.
Regarding ‘clearing chutes’. It is far more than that. Airdrop from a jet (of which ours are fitted for but cannot AAR) is different to AD from a prop.
I could go on having conducted AD from all 3 of the aircraft types we occasionally discuss here but it would take up too much time and there are far more eloquent posters here.
Again, different aircraft for different things is sometimes the order of the day.
ETA- Landed on as a passenger. I am not/was not a pilot.