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Leonardo introduces C-27J firefighting configuration

25th March 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Leonardo has introduced a firefighting configuration of the C-27J Spartan aircraft to expand its multirole capabilities, the company announced on 19 March

The aircraft is fitted with Simplex Aerospace’s roll-on/roll-off fire attack system (FAS). The FAS can be installed or removed via the aircraft’s rear loading ramp without any major structural modifications to the airframe. The main tank has a maximum capacity of 10,600 litres, and 568 litre of foam retardant can also be added.

The firefighting system is one of the options that C-27J customers can add to the C-27J Spartan new baseline configuration. The firefighting capability is also being offered as a retrofit to current operators that want to upgrade their C-27J fleet.

Leonardo, in collaboration with the European SCODEV consortium, is also working on a further innovative solution to enhance the C-27J's firefighting 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 perform different missions such as firefighting, medical emergency support and transport.

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