Russian helicopters boost Europe’s fire defences

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Rotorcrafts produced by Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) are actively involved in fire-fighting operations in Spain, Portugal, and other countries within Europe. The multirole Ka-32A11BC is the only coaxial helicopter capable of reaching the scene of the blaze in record time and delivering about 5 tonnes of water to extinguish the fire.

The season of heightened fire risk in the Iberian peninsula begins each year from the middle of May and lasts through until October. Throughout this period, about 20 Ka-32A11BC helicopters are based near water bodies across the peninsula. The main fire zones are situated in Seville and Valencia in Southern Spain. During the season a single helicopter complete 300 flying hours. At times the helicopters have to complete complex operations for 14 hours a day. Depending on the distance between the fire and the body of water, the helicopter can carry out between five and 30 trips to collect water each hour.

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