Initially developed by Cᴀɴᴀᴅᴀir, the CᴀɴᴀᴅᴀirCL-415 series of amphibious aircraft was later produced by Bombardier, Viking Air, and De Havilland Cᴀɴᴀᴅᴀ. The CL-415, which is based on the Cᴀɴᴀᴅᴀir CL-215, is designed specifically for aerial fireғɪɢʜᴛing but may also be utilized for utility delivery and search and rescue operations.
Work on the CL-415 started in the early 1990s after the CL-215T refit program successfully established a market need for a turboprop-powered derivative of the original CL-215. In addition to having new engines, the aircraft, whose production started in 2003, also included a number of additional improvements over the CL-215, particularly in the cockpit and aerodynamics, which improved performance.
The cockpit, aerodynamics, and water-release system of the CL-415 have all been updated to make it a contemporary fireғɪɢʜᴛing amphibious flying boat that can be used to locate and extinguish forest fires. The production and performance of the CL-415 are higher than those of the CL-215, which has less operational weight and speed. Its two Pratt & Wʜɪᴛney Cᴀɴᴀᴅᴀ PW123AF turboprop engines, which are mounted ᴄʟᴏsᴇr to the fuselage than the CL-215’s pair and each have a maximum thrust rating of 1,775 kW, are more powerful than the CL-215’s pair.
The CL-415 can draw up to 6,140 l (1,350 imp gal; 1,620 US gal) of water from a nearby water supply, combine it with chemical foam if necessary, and then drop it on a fire without having to return to base to refill its tanks. The CL-415 was designed primarily to be able to react to fires fast with large amounts of suppressant. Although there are header tanks above this level on either side of the fuselage, these are often situated under the hull beneath the cabin floor.
In the video below, you will see Seven Cᴀɴᴀᴅᴀir CL-415 Water Bombers ғɪɢʜᴛing A Fire In l’Aquila, Iᴛᴀʟʏ:
Source: Marco Gismondi
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