Leonardo is looking to configure the C-27J to make the aircraft better capable of fire-fighting operations to expand its multirole capabilities.
The C-27J fire-fighter has a roll-on/roll-off Fire Attack System (FAS) made by Simplex Aerospace for airborne fire-fighting technology and capability, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
The Simplex Fire Attack System can be easily installed or removed by a small team in approximately 60-90 minutes via the aircraft’s rear loading ramp. No major structural modifications are required to the airframe. The main tank has a maximum capacity of 10,600 l (2,800 gals US). 568 l (150 gals US) of foam retardant can also be added.
The fire-fighting system is one of the options that C-27J customers can add to the C-27J Spartan new baseline configuration which incorporates a brand new avionics system designed to comply with Next Generation Air Traffic Control requirements, new cockpit control panels and LED aircraft lights.
The fire-fighting capability and the new baseline configuration are also being offered as a retrofit to current operators that want to upgrade their C-27J fleet.
Leonardo and European SCODEV Consortium are studying and testing a further innovative solution to enhance the C-27J's fire-fighting potential. The SCODEV scooping device will provide increased operational flexibility by allowing the water tank to be filled from a stretch of water, without the need to return to base. The system will provide a scooping device for the safe loading of water (sea, lakes, rivers) from around 30m above the surface, with a roll-on / roll-off approach to allow the aircraft different roles between fire-fighting, emergency support (medevac) and transport.
Victoria Police Air Wing has ordered 3 Leonardo AW139 twin engine helicopters. The helicopters will be supplied by StarFlight Victoria to carry out a range of law enforcement, patrol and surveillance, and maritime search and rescue missions from the Essendon Airport on behalf of the Victoria Police Air Wing, the company said in a statement Tuesday
Leonardo has developed an upgrade for the M60A3 main battle tank (MBT). The upgrade has been tested, and it covers battle tank's armour, mobility and firepower and is being marketed as a cost-effective upgrade package, IHS Janes reported Tuesday
Leonardos first M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) production basic/advanced trainer aircraft performed its maiden flight at Venegono Superiore airport (Varese, Italy) today. The Italian Air Force, the launch customer, has a requirement for up to 45 M-345s to progressively replace 137 aging MB-339s and to become the Italian Air Forces new aerobatic team airplane
Elbit Systems and Leonardo will together develop Leonardos lightweight and mini torpedoes launching capabilities of Seagull USV (Unmanned Surface Vessel). The solution will be based on the same architecture used for airborne torpedo launching systems, the company said in a statement Thursday
Polish Ministry of Defense has signed a $101 million (400 million PLN €90 million) offset agreement for AW101 military helicopters. The Offset Agreement provides the Polish Ministry of National Defence with the commitment for establishing in the Military Aviation Works No
Leonardo is setting up a new helicopter facilty in Algeria as a joint venture with Algerian Ministry of Defense. The facility is scheduled to be operational from 2021, the company said in a statement Monday
Leonardo has delivered its AW189 helicopters to the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia) and South Korean Seoul Fire Department to carry out fire-fighting operations in the two countries. The twin-engine, medium-lift choppers will also soon be delivered to the Tokyo Fire Department, the company said in a statement Monday
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