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DART Aerospace announced it has signed an agreement for the supply of a new generation of Fire Attack Systems for the Firehawk, supporting DART’s mission to be the industry leader in aerial firefighting equipment manufacturing. DART Aerospace will be partnering with United Rotorcraft, the exclusive completion center for the Firehawk, for the development and certification of lightweight Fire Attack Systems.
The systems will be developed and manufactured at DART’s Portland facility in Oregon, leveraging the latest design and manufacturing technologies to provide a 1,000-gallon belly tank combining lightweight materials and durability while offering an optimized drop pattern. The new Firehawk tank is expected to receive an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval in the second half of 2022.
“This contract is a testament to the quality and trust the firefighting industry has in DART Aerospace to develop quality, reliable Fire Attack Systems to help operators and government agencies battle today’s growing wildfires,” says DART president and CEO Alain Madore. “It solidifies DART’s leading position as a development and production partner in the firefighting tank market and we expect long-term demand for tanks to increase for years to come.”
“With the continued and growing trend in wildfire danger, this new generation of Fire Attack Systems for the Firehawk has never been more relevant,” said Larry Alexandre, president of United Rotorcraft. “This new tank technology will further establish the Firehawk as the standard for aerial firefighting in the U.S. and abroad and enhance its unmatched multi-mission capability.”
This press release was prepared and distributed by DART Aerospace.