SSB has started work for the air fleet to take part in forest fires

The Presidency of Defense Industry (SSB) has started work on 5 large tanker aircraft, 5 ambific aircraft and 10 small tanker aircraft to be used in forest fires at the request of the General Directorate of Forestry (OGM).

Since private use aircraft are costly aircraft, there are difficulties in finding aircraft that are produced and ready to be supplied. When the production and assembly activities are taken into consideration, the delivery date of the first aircraft is at least 2 years.

For this reason, aircraft leasing projects were initiated for more flexible and long-term leasing in order to make high-cost air power operations cost effective and efficient until the firefighting aircraft is procured.

In this context, tenders were made for the lease of 20 aircraft and 55 helicopters to be used in the fire seasons of 2022, 2023 and 2024.

The call for proposals will be available until January 10.

Within the scope of 3 separate tenders, 5 large tanker aircraft (with a minimum tank capacity of 8 tons), 5 ambiphic aircraft (with a minimum tank capacity of 5 tons), 10 small tanker aircraft (with a tank capacity of 2-4 tons) will be leased. The call for proposal files for tenders will be available until January 10.

On the other hand, 3 separate tenders were made for helicopters to be used in fire extinguishing works. The deadline for receiving the call for proposals for tenders expired on 31 December 2021. In this context, 10 night vision helicopters (throws 2.5-5 tons of water), 10 heavy-class helicopters (8 tons and more water-throws), 35 light-class helicopters (2.5-5 tons of water-throws) will be leased.

Source: Dünya Gazetesi by

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