The 50th anniversary of the earliest recorded firebombing operation in Australia took place in 2017, and in cooperation with New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Tangent Link’s Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific is returning to Australia to provide the region with thought-provoking operational and technological developments.
ABOUT THE EVENT
In the Australian context, nearly 130 nationally contracted aerial firefighting fleet - including four next-generation large fixed wing air tankers operating in multiple jurisdictions – are activated on approximately 5000 occasions every season for both firebombing operations and other fire and emergency support operations, delivering more than 70 million litres of fire retardant and suppressant across Australia.
In the wider Asia Pacific setting an increasing emphasis is for aircraft to be deployed trans-nationally for firefighting and a detachment usually includes a VLAT Air Tanker for firebombing and a Supervision Aircraft for fire detection, reconnaissance, command and control missions. ASEAN governments are now realising the cost benefits of aerial firefighting with air tankers to supplement their current helicopter capabilities and are increasingly budgeting to develop their own air tanker capability.