Thai air force tests Guardian CAFFS
Caylym has demonstrated its Guardian Containerized Aerial Fire Fighting System (CAFFS) for the Royal Thailand Air Force (RTAF) as the force looks to bolster its aerial firefighting capabilities, the company announced on 9 August.
The Guardian CAFFS is a crate sized water container that deploys from a cargo plane. Using a military designed logic system and GPS, the low velocity, air delivered Guardian lands within feet of its target, releasing 1,000 litres of water a short distance above the ground to deliver a highly concentrated cloud of retardant into the heart of the fire.
The RTAF demonstration included Guardian drops from the RTAF’s C-130H Hercules aircraft by both the company and the Thai crew after a short training session. Two sorties and four successful drops were conducted, with each Guardian performing exactly as anticipated by opening behind and below the aircraft and creating an overlapping cloudburst that fell and soaked the target area. Clean up was simple as each unit and its components remained tethered and fell predictably into the target area.
The Guardian has been dropped from the C-27J Spartan, the C-130 Hercules, and the C-123 Provider. The Guardian has passed, without restriction, the US military's tests and has been approved for Department of Defense testing operations.
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