The Italian Government has purchased
another Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft for its firefighting
operations. The contract with Italy also includes the purchase of
kits to enhance the aircraft with an autopilot, nose radar and
flight data recorder.
"Our fleet of 16 Bombardier 415 aircraft remains the backbone of
our firefighting operations. The Bombardier 415 have been the most
important contributors to the improvement of our firefighting
efforts, helping us reach our goal to reduce the average areas
burned by fire. During the first four months of 2005, two of the
Italian Bombardier 415 aircraft flew a total of 178 relief missions
to those areas of Sri Lanka affected by the tsunami of December
26th, 2004, delivering over 250,000 kg of aid supplies," said Dr.
Vincenzo Spaziante, Vice-director, Civil Protection Department of
"The Bombardier 415 aircraft has consistently demonstrated its
unique capabilities by operating effectively in the rugged and
demanding conditions of the Italian terrain. In past seasons, Italy
also supported the firefighting efforts of its neighboring
countries. Its specialized capabilities were key in the
humanitarian relief missions following the tsunami that hit Sri
Lanka last December," said Michel Bourgeois, President, Bombardier
Since entering service with the Italian Civil Protection
Department in the spring of 1995, the Bombardier 415 fleet has
accumulated over 30,400 flight hours. A total of 62 Bombardier 415
aircraft have been sold to firefighting agencies in Croatia,
France, Greece, Italy, Ontario and Qu�bec.
In the Mediterranean region, France, Croatia, Italy and Greece
currently operate 40 Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft and Spain
operates 14 CL-215T turboprop aircraft. Also 27 CL-215 piston
aircraft are in service fighting fires in Europe.
The Bombardier 415 aircraft has a maximum speed of 235 mph and
in an average mission of six nautical miles distance from
water to fire, it can complete nine drops within an hour,
delivering 14,600 US gallons of fire suppressant.