Viking Air And PAL Aerospace Sign DHC6 Twin Otter Aerial Fire Fighting Contract
Viking Air Limited and PAL Aerospace Canada announced the establishment of a contract between the two to support the Twin Otter Fire Attack System.
The agreement includes the design, manufacturing, installation, and certification of the Aerial Firefighting System for the Twin Otter DHC-6 300 and 400 aircraft.
“PAL Aerospace is proud to partner with Viking on this exciting project that supports innovation, economic growth, and supply chains in Canada. As an established DHC-6 Twin Otter Operator, we know firsthand the capability and versatility of the aircraft and consider it a privilege to bring our comprehensive design, engineering, and modification capabilities to bear in developing this new capability.” Phillip Garbutt, PAL Aerospace Senior Vice President of Global Support
The air-tanker configuration would allow the Twin Otter to be used to fight wildfires with the ability to drop up to 700 US gallons of water or retardant in challenging environments.
The new design would ease the transition effortlessly between firefighting configuration to the more traditional mission profiles, including transporting passengers and cargo.
The Aerial Firefighting System is expected to be certified and delivered to the first customer by 2022.