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RAF Atlas Supports Exercise ASTRAL KNIGHT

A Royal Air Force A400M Atlas aircraft has transported personnel and equipment to Poznań, Poland, as they support the 2024 iteration of Exercise Astral Knight.


Ex Astral Knight is a multinational Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) exercise that is focused on interoperability and theater wide security capabilities.

With 5000 personnel from six nations, Astral Knight is the capstone IAMD exercise with the UK contingent working alongside their US, Lithuanian, Greek, Danish and Polish counterparts as we continue to strengthen our links with the Baltic states.

A400M with personnel
Personnel loading the A400M Atlas

To kick-start the exercise an A400M, operated by LXX Squadron as part of the Air Mobility Force, flew from RAF Brize Norton. The first stop was Constanta in Romania, where exercising personnel and equipment were collected before being flown to Poznań.

A400M crew
The view from the A400M cockpit

“The A400M’s versatility makes it perfect for routes like this. It can take an awful lot of personnel, and an awful lot of freight, over long distances, quickly.”

Flight Lieutenant Manson - LXX Squadron Captain

The A400M once again proved that it is driving the RAF’s Air Mobility Force into the 21st century.