Air­bus Mil­i­tary re­veals de­tails of C295 fire­fighter pro­gramme


Air­bus Mil­i­tary has com­pleted a sec­ond round of tests of its pro­to­type C295 fire­fight­ing air­craft which will pro­vide de­tailed data on the per­for­mance of its wa­ter drop­ping sys­tem.

Fol­low­ing ear­lier test­ing of the sys­tem, the com­pany con­ducted seven wa­ter drops at a spe­cial range near Cor­doba, Spain us­ing ground equip­ment de­signed to mea­sure the dis­per­sal pat­tern of the wa­ter.

The tri­als were suc­cess­fully com­pleted and showed good ini­tial prom­ise, con­firm­ing the air­craft’s highly sat­is­fac­tory han­dling dur­ing the drop pro­ce­dure. In the com­ing weeks the data will be ex­am­ined in de­tail to en­able de­ci­sions to be taken on the fi­nal con­fig­u­ra­tion of the C295 fire­fighter.

In the tri­als the air­craft car­ried one 3,500 litre tank and the wa­ter was grav­ity-ejected through two dis­pensers in the belly.

The planned con­fig­u­ra­tion would of­fer dou­ble that ca­pac­ity with two 3,500 litre tanks be­ing de­ployed us­ing a roll-on/rolloff sys­tem which would per­mit the air­craft to be used for trans­port pur­poses when not re­quired for fire­fight­ing du­ties – greatly in­creas­ing its cost-ef­fec­tive­ness.

Jeron­imo Amador, Air­bus Mil­i­tary HO Mar­ket Devel­op­ment, Light & Medium air­craft said: “We are pleased with the progress of the test­ing we have per­formed so far and very en­cour­aged by the re­sults. We will now an­a­lyse the data in greater de­tail and in­ten­sify our con­tacts with po­ten­tial cus­tomers in­ter­ested in the C295 as a fire­fighter. A roll-on, roll-off so­lu­tion based on this highly flex­i­ble air­craft has ex­cel­lent po­ten­tial to ad­dress the fi­nan­cial chal­lenges faced by au­thor­i­ties re­spon­si­ble for ae­rial fire­fight­ing world­wide.”

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