As a former Army officer who once planned tactical airdrops into contested drop zones I don't envy my modern counterparts in the European military trying to replicate our planning objectives. To insure the majority of our packages, equipment and/or paratroopers, arrived at least somewhat safely, we needed to plan a low level approach, preferably nap-of-earth, accurate navigation tools to do a last moment pop up to 800 feet, jumpers out both doors as fast as possible while kicking the cargo drop off the tail ramp. At the same time we needed our self defense systems looking for ir emitters (seekers) and the various kinds of gun control radars trying to light us up. The threat warning receivers were in auto mode and the chaff and flare dispensers at the ready. We usually had two mini guns in the forward doors if needed to discourage any interference with the mission.
Oh, you don't have that stuff? How many soldiers are you planning to get killed if, heaven forbid, you actually have to do a real combat mission? And don't tell me you don't plan to do any mission like that. You have no clue what kinds of missions may come your way in response to some critical need. In my experience, "Sorry minister/general, we are not trained/equipped/prepared to do that " is never well received.
A typical SOF
support drop zone was 200 meters, or less, in length and maybe 50-75 wide. With steerable chutes you only had about one to 1.5 mins to dump everything and get out. Lots less time if the troops only had regular T-10 chutes or non-instrumented cargo packages.
But then we had a real combat effective tactical transport in an MC
-130E. Not a mission constrained cripple. But it does look cool in a movie.