Bombardier Aerospace announced today that France’s Sécurité Civile has placed a firm order for another Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft. This order brings the French fleet to eleven Bombardier 415 aircraft.
"We are very pleased that France has again entrusted the Bombardier 415, also known as ‘Canadair’, with the crucial task of helping to protect its resources and people from damaging fires," said Michel Bourgeois, President, Bombardier Amphibious Aircraft. This aircraft will incorporate recently introduced optional equipment to enhance the Bombardier 415 efficiency and safety.
"With envious proven track record in fighting fires worldwide, the Bombardier 415 is the reference in the industry. We continue to work closely with the Sécurité Civile and other European operators to further enhance the aircraft’s unique capabilities."
Since the first delivery in 1994, Bombardier Aerospace has sold 63 Bombardier 415 aircraft, which have been delivered to firefighting agencies in Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Ontario and Québec.
In the Mediterranean region, France, Croatia, Italy and Greece currently operate 41 Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft and Spain operates 14 CL-215T turboprop aircraft. Also 27 CL-215 piston aircraft remain in service fighting fires in Europe.
The Bombardier 415 has a maximum speed of 375 km/h (235 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 55,260 litres (14,600 U.S. gallons) of fire suppressant.
The aircraft is also being offered in a new multi-purpose version (Bombardier 415MP) for search and rescue, maritime patrol and environmental protection.
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