Fire Fighting
Airships Africa
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Fire Fighting Applications
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There are a number of powerful aerial fire control techniques to support ground control operations when
needed, although most fires do not require aerial assistance. Every year, thousands of initial attack fires are
suppressed without the need of aerial support. Others may be suppressed without aircraft use because of
flight distance or unavailability.

Aircraft used in fire operations, to date, include air tankers, lead planes, infrared reconnaissance planes,
and helicopters.

The Dynalifter fire fighting fleet consists of:

Dynalifter Air Tankers
Air tankers are large Dynalifters equipped with tanks for transporting and dropping fire retardant (e.g.,
diammonium phosphate) or water in order to slow a fire down in support of fire line construction operations
on the ground.

The design of Dynalifters makes them the ideal vehicles for use as air tankers:
• slow enough for the fire fighting
• safe to operate
• carry large loads of fire retardant in any mission
• can drop retardants repeatedly on the fire area from 20-1000 deliveries in any single  mission

Depending on locale (i.e., proximity to large water bodies), some countries have increasingly relied on
aircraft. These transporters offer advantages because of their ability to scoop water from a lake or sea for
subsequent drops on land.

Lead Dynalifters
Lead Dynalifters Psc-4-FF-5a are smaller, mobile vehicles will be used to provide reconnaissance of
burning areas from above and guide Larger Dynalifter transporters and other air tankers to desirable drop

Infrared Reconnaissance Dynalifters
Infrared reconnaissance Dynalifters type Psc-4-FF-5b will be small vehicles equipped with specialised
infrared mapping systems for detecting hot spots inside and outside a fire perimeter. Highly sensitive
scanners are able to detect heat with a high degree of accuracy (6 inches spot from 8000 foot elevation).

Geographic referencing of hot spots via global positioning systems (GPS) provides useful reconnaissance
information, and can provide online-video capability. In contrast to the fire lookout, which provides constant
surveillance of the whole geographic area, the aerial platform provides continuous and flexible coverage
over a much larger territory.

The Dynalifter transporters will fight wildfires that plague many places of the world like Spain, Greece, the
western United States, Southern Africa, Australia etc…..

When equipped with the Airborne Fire Fighting System (AFFS), a state-of-the-art fire retardant delivery
system, the Dynalifters Models Psc-1-FF-5a & Psc-3-FF-5a will provide these countries with the most
advanced airborne firefighting capability in the world today.

Wildfires are frequent and devastating, especially in California and other fire states and countries, and
Dynalifter is proud to take a future role in a project that will save billions of dollars in property and, most
importantly, save lives.

Equipping Dynalifter for Modular Airborne Firefighting System

Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS)
MAFFS could use Dynalifter transporter to assist in the wildfire suppression program. The system will
release retardant or water from special tanks in less than five seconds through two tubes at the rear of the
Dynalifter mission pod.

MAFFS Dynalifter will be loaded with retardants and will be guided to fire-ravaged areas by piloted lead

The units can be loaded or unloaded using specially designed trailers located at each MAFFS operational
unit.  They are on standby during the fire season and can respond immediately.

Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS II):
A new system currently in development, MAFFS II will have several improvements, including less reliance
on ground equipment and personnel. Now a self-contained system, its on board compressor allows for
multiple drops on each mission suiting the capability and capacity of the Dynalifters. MAFFS II will provide
better coverage and will also be cleaner and more environmentally-friendly.

These Dynalifter models will have an advanced systems, avionics, displays and mission computers with
automated functions; they will be vastly different to any other present aircraft. The sophisticated navigation
system will allow the aircrew to achieve highly accurate drops.

The Dynalifter fire fighting system provides a way to fight fire from the air in a safer, more efficient and cost
effective manner than current similar systems. It can deliver up to 180,000 gallons of retardant using a wide
variety of drop profiles (in attacks that can go from 20 to 1000 drops on a fire in one mission) dictated by
various fire conditions.