Romanian C-27J firefighting Greece
Romanian C-27J completes firefighting mission in Greece.

The Romanian Air Force C-27J completed its firefighting mission in Greece on July 30. The Spartan took off from Octopeni airport on July 25 to fight the vast fires that hit Greece. The deployment consisted of a C-27J, a C-130, about 20 soldiers, aircrew and support staff.

Thanks to a state-of-the-art firefightinh system, the RoAF C-27J was able to provide an excellent support to extinguish the flames.

The italian aerospace company Leonardo introduced a firefighting system in a Romanian Air Force C-27J in 2014. It was the first aircraft in Europe to use this innovative system. In 2013 Alenia Aermacchi (Leonardo) conducted intense operating and training tests on the aircraft, which included the new fire fighting system onboard.

The system allows C-27Js to drop up to six large cardboard containers on bushfires; each container has a capacity of 1000 liters water or extinguishing liquid. The system allows for a quick, accurate and innovative way to fight bushfires. Using the C27J’s system of in flight drop, the Spartan guarantees extreme precision of the drop and creates a retardant liquid cloud well focused on the target. Containers are biodegradable but they can also be recovered by ground firefighters.

Photo Credit: Leonardo

Photo Credit: Leonardo

Containers feature standard dimensions type A22 which can be installed on aircraft of C-130 and C-27J’s class without any peculiar equipment or modification and can be launched at higher altitudes (1.500 feet) than traditional firefighting aircraft, thus significantly increasing mission safety and allowing night operations.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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