Bombardier Aerospace has announced the sale of two pre-owned
CL-215(i) amphibious aircraft to SOREM, the official operator of
Bombardier amphibious aircraft for the Italian Civil Protection
Agency of Italy.
"SOREM's purchase of CL-215 aircraft, clearly demonstrates its
commitment to scooping technology and the potential for further
expansion in the European market," said Michel Bourgeois,
president, Bombardier Aerospace, Amphibious Aircraft.
"We are quite pleased with our acquisition of these CL-215
aircraft," said Giuseppe Spadaccini, president of SOREM. "These
aircraft will allow us to expand our business base in Europe. The
support received from Bombardier over the years has been a major
factor in our decision."
There are 68 CL-215(i), the world's first aircraft specifically
developed to fight forest fires, still in operation worldwide; 17
of these aircraft were converted to a turboprop configuration
designated CL-215T. Bombardier also offers the next generation of
amphibious aerial firefighting aircraft, the Bombardier 415.
In the Mediterranean region, France, Croatia, Italy and Greece
currently operate 38 Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft. In
addition, Spain operates 15 CL-215T turboprop aircraft, while
Greece and Spain have 19 CL-215 piston aircraft in service.
The Bombardier 415 (shown above and below), the world's most
advanced waterbomber, has a maximum speed of 235 mph. In an average
mission of six nm distance from water to fire, the Bombardier 415
can complete nine drops within an hour, delivering 14,600 U.S.
gallons of water or foam fire suppressant. It is also being
offered in a new multi-purpose version (Bombardier 415MP) for
search and rescue, maritime patrol and environmental protection
with certification expected later this year.