The Canadian regional government of Newfoundland and Labrador ordered two Bombardier 415 amphibious fire-fighters on 26 March 2014. The transaction is valued at approximately US$73.7 million, based on list price, and includes various product enhancements. The first aircraft will be delivered in Spring 2014, the second in 2015.
“With Newfoundland and Labrador’s rugged lake-rich terrain and limited airport access in remote areas, the Bombardier 415 aircraft is the best choice for combating the region’s forest fires,” said Michel Bourgeois, President, Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft & Military Aviation Training, Bombardier Aerospace.
While Newfoundland and Labrador have one of the largest fleets of Bombardier amphibious aircraft in Canada, the country as a whole is home to nearly 60 such aircraft – the largest national fleet of its kind in the world. There are 165 Bombardier 415 aircraft and its predecessors, the CL-215 and CL-215T aircraft, in-service worldwide, with over 40 years of combined experience.
The Bombardier 415 firefighter aircraft has a normal cruise speed of 180 KT (333 km/h) under certain conditions. In an average mission of six nautical miles (11 km) distance from water to fire, it can complete nine drops within an hour and deliver 14,589 US gallons (55,233 litres) of fire suppressant.