Babcock International Awarded Contract by Italy for Airborne Firefighting Service

by Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Analyst, Forecast International.

CL-415 fire fighter drops water on flames

Europe and North America both experienced devastating wildfires in 2017, part of a current trend that pits suburban sprawl against hazardous fire-prone geography. Airborne firefighting platforms such as the CL-415 are often vital to firefighting responses following a major fire outbreak.

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The Canadian FWSAR Program and Its Diverse Surface-Search Radar Candidates

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Alenia Aermacchi's C-27J Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Contender

Alenia Aermacchi’s C-27J Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Contender

Although the Canadian Forces’ efforts to replace their aging Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) aircraft were formalized in 2004, advancements were stymied repeatedly. On March 31, this changed when Canada released a new Request for Proposals (RFP); the due date is September 2015. The all-new aircraft will feature a new electronics suite with new radars and new electro-optics, making for a lucrative prospect for airborne electronics manufacturers.
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