The Dash 8-400AT Offers Australia Sovereign Year-Round Firefighting Capability
Proud to support the varied team of partners battling bushfires in Australia, the Dash 8-400AT is staying on the continent year round.
Nicknamed the “Q”, the aerial firefighter is ready to assist firefighters by cooling flames with up to 10,000 litres of water per drop, or slowing progression using retardant, so that crews on the ground can work towards containment. The airtanker can operate out of smaller bases with 1,524 metre runways, offering accessibility to remote locations. It is holder of three ‘Time to Climb’ records, offering a fast response with quick turnaround from base to fire and back. And it has a loaded cruise time of 360 knots – faster than most jets when travelling under 475 km. Plus it emits 30% less emissions and uses less fuel than airtankers of similar size.
Fast, efficient and tactically flexible.
“This is one of our most valuable tools to protect Queensland during bushfire season.” Annastacia Palaszczuk MP
“The Black Summer bushfires were one of the worst natural disasters in our nation’s history. Having our own water bomber ready for action all year round will allow fire fighters to respond quickly and effectively, saving lives, livelihoods and homes.” Minister for Emergency Management Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie