Government of Croatia Adds Two Bombardier 415 Amphibious Aircraft to
MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA--(Marketwire - November 15, 2007) - Today,
Bombardier Aerospace announced that the Government of Croatia has
placed a firm order for another two Bombardier 415 amphibious
aircraft. With this order, the Croatian government is increasing its
fleet to six Bombardier 415 aircraft.
The contract is valued at approximately $62 million US, and includes
spare parts, pilot training and multi-purpose equipment that will
allow this aircraft to perform medical evacuations and emergency
"This sale to the Croatian government, further demonstrates the trust
our customers have in the Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft and its
ability to meet their emergency needs. The Bombardier 415 is - by its
special design concept - an efficient and highly productive
firefighting aircraft and is the reference in the industry. And, with
the addition of our multi-purpose equipment, it has the flexibility
to be used for more purposes than fighting fires," said Michel
Bourgeois, President, Bombardier Amphibious Aircraft.
"During the summer of 2007, many countries in southern Europe were
ravaged by devastating fires. During this tragic, and seemingly
increasing common occurrence, our Bombardier 415 aircraft played a
pivotal role in limiting the damage and helping neighboring countries
to contain and suppress the fires," added Mr. Bourgeois. "With this
purchase, Croatia is establishing itself as a true emergency resource
center in the region."
Since delivery of the first Bombardier 415 aircraft in 1994,
Bombardier Aerospace has delivered 65 Bombardier 415 aircraft to
firefighting agencies in Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Ontario,
Quebec and Spain, with 41 aircraft in operation in the Mediterranean
region. In addition, 25 CL-215 piston aircraft remain in service
fighting fires in Europe.
The Bombardier 415 aircraft has a maximum speed of 224 mph (359
km/h). In an average mission of six nautical miles (11 kilometres)
distance from water to fire, it can complete nine drops within an
hour and deliver 14,589 U.S. gallons (55,233 litres) of fire
The aircraft is also being offered in a multi-purpose version, the
Bombardier 415MP, which can be used in a variety of specialized
missions such as search and rescue, environmental protection, coastal
patrol and transportation.. Currently, a Greek Bombardier 415
aircraft is equipped with the MP configuration.
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