Thu, Dec 28, 2006
Firefighting Amphib In Service In Several Countries
Bombardier Aerospace announced today that France's Securite
Civile has placed a firm order for another Bombardier 415
amphibious aircraft. This order brings the French fleet to 12
Bombardier 415 aircraft.
"France received its first CL-215 amphibian aircraft back in
1969 and, in 1994, was the launch customer for the Bombardier 415.
Almost 40 years later, France continues to rely on the capabilities
of the "Canadair" as the backbone of its firefighting missions,"
said Michel Bourgeois, President, Bombardier Amphibious Aircraft.
"With an enviable proven track record in firefighting worldwide,
the Bombardier 415 aircraft is the reference in the industry. We
continue to work closely with the Securite Civile and other
European operators to further enhance the aircraft's unique
Since delivery of the first Bombardier 415 aircraft in 1994,
Bombardier Aerospace has delivered 64 Bombardier 415 aircraft to
firefighting agencies in Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Ontario,
Quebec and Spain, with 42 aircraft in operation in the
Mediterranean region. Spain operates 14 CL-215T turboprop aircraft
and has also acquired a Bombardier 415 last July. In addition, 26
CL-215 piston aircraft remain in service fighting fires in
The Bombardier 415 has a maximum speed of 359 km/h (224 mph) and
in an average mission of 11 kilometres (six nautical miles)
distance from water to fire, it can complete nine drops within an
hour, delivering 55,233 litres (14,589 U.S. gallons) of fire
The aircraft is also being offered in a new multi-purpose
version, the Bombardier 415MP, for search and rescue, maritime
patrol and environmental protection. Currently, two Greek
Bombardier 415 aircraft are equipped with the MP configuration.
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