Mercury (Hobart)

Bushfire bomber


A NEW water bomber has been unveiled to boost Australia’s firefighti­ng capability ahead of the upcoming bushfire season.

Emergency Management Minister Bridget McKenzie on Sunday announced an additional $4m a year for the National Aerial Firefighti­ng Centre to keep the aircraft in Australia.

More than 150 specialise­d, highly mobile aircraft are positioned across the country to respond to bushfires. The new large air tanker will be able to drop about 15,000 litres of water on a bushfire.

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