Rus­sian He­li­copters launches global heli­copter fire­fight­ing ini­tia­tive

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Rus­sian He­li­copters has launched the Global Heli­copter Fire­fight­ing Ini­tia­tive (GHFI) to in­crease the use of fire­fight­ing he­li­copters spe­cially equipped with the sus­pended fire­fight­ing sys­tems (Bambi Buck­ets), water can­nons and other fire­fight­ing equip­ment. The GHFI will in­volve mak­ers of fire­fight­ing sys­tems and equip­ment for he­li­copters pro­duc­ing in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies to qual­i­ta­tively im­prove heli­copter-based fire­fight­ing sys­tems. Rus­sian He­li­copters plans to in­volve its own de­sign bu­reaus in the search for new en­gi­neer­ing so­lu­tions in the field.

One mem­ber in the GHFI will be the Rus­sian-built Ka-32A11BC heli­copter, which can be equipped with var­i­ous fire­fight­ing sys­tems. The heli­copter is al­ready pop­u­lar in more than 30 coun­tries, with 188 machines op­er­at­ing suc­cess­fully in Rus­sia, Canada, Spain, Por­tu­gal, Switzer­land, China, Bul­garia, Aus­tria, South Korea, Chile, In­done­sia and Ja­pan, among oth­ers.

The Ka-32A11BC meets AP-29 stan­dards and was awarded type cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in 2009 by the EASA. In De­cem­ber 2012, the heli­copter re­ceived its flight­wor­thi­ness cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Aus­tralia. The Ka-32A11BC can tackle vir­tu­ally all types of fires both on the ground and in high-rise build­ings by de­ploy­ing a col­lapsi­ble Bambi Bucket and water can­non. Coax­ial ro­tors make the Ka32A11BC the only heli­copter in its class that can ex­e­cute dif­fi­cult ma­noeu­vres

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