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Kawak Aviation Technologies has announced a new high-capacity refill system for heavy helicopter firefighting buckets. The product was developed in response to operators desiring a simplified, more reliable, and faster filling system.
With Kawak’s new line of JetPump (JP) series products, bottom-filling buckets can fill to capacity in streams, ponds, and tanks as shallow as 16 inches, thus allowing more flexibility in dip sites and with a fill rate that reduces cycle times.
The refill system is a derivative of Kawak’s proven refill pump technology that is used in fixed-tank applications around the world.
This new line of products, called JP1150, 1600, and 2500, provide operators with a high-volume, lightweight powered fill option that can be configured with 28 volts direct current, 400 hertz, or hydraulic power options. The initial application of the new pump was designed to integrate into 1060-gallon and larger Bambi Buckets with 27-inch valves and provide fill rates between 1150 and 2500 gallons (4354-9464 liters) per minute, depending upon the power source.