FAB over 200,000 liters of water used to fight fires in the PantanalFAB over 200,000 liters of water used to fight fires in the Pantanal

The KC-390 Millennium aircraft, equipped with the MAFFS system, has been working on the mission since June 28.

Air Force Agency, by Lieutenant Kelly

Under the coordination of the Pantanal II Joint Command, the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has been working intensively to combat fires in the Pantanal. This Friday (05/07), the FAB surpassed the mark of 200,000 liters of water launched in the region of Corumbá, in Mato Grosso Sul.

Engaged in the mission since June 28, the KC-390 Millennium aircraft, operated by the First Troop Transport Group (1st GTT) – Zeus Squadron, based at Anápolis Air Base (BAAN), has already accumulated more than 27 hours in 22 flights operated with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS).

The equipment has a tube that projects water out of the plane’s left rear door and can discharge up to 12,000 liters of water into fire areas. According to Major Rafael Portella Santos, commander of the mission in the Pantanal, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, this is the first time that the FAB has operated the MAFFS system installed on the KC-390 Millennium in a real situation. “We did a lot of simulated training during the aircraft’s operation so that we could be here today with pilots and crew trained for this moment,” he said.

The commander also explains that the entire operation with the MAFFS system is carried out in stages. The first is the coordination on the ground of the point where the flames need to be contained. Next, it is necessary to visualize the location, deconflict aircraft that act in a similar way and contact the team on the ground. The first pass is made to ensure the accuracy and safety of the operation, followed by an overflight to release the water.

The aircraft then returns for refueling and can take off again in around 40 minutes. This Friday alone (05/07), four flights were made, each of which dropped 12,000 liters of water on fire outbreaks.

Photos: Sergeant P. Silva/CECOMSAER *** Translated by DEFCONPress FYI Team ***

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