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Aerial Firefighting

Saab has a complete aerial firefighting operation, with aircraft, pilots and maintenance organisation. We operate two AT-802F FireBoss.
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Forest fire

Key features

Extended operating range
Fast deploy
Fire Retardant Dispersal System

Our aircraft

AT-802F Fire BossData
Water delivery rateUp to 50.000 liters/hour
Tank volume3.104 liters (820 US gallons)
Range1.287 km
Cruise speed275 km/h
Working speed (typical)190-200 km/h
Max take-off weight7.257 kg
Engine power1.600 hk
Wing area37,29 sqm
Take off distance600 m

Keeping people and society safe from the air

The devestating wildfires of recent years has raised a need for the ability to combat major fires effectively. An early and coordinated action of firefighting by air can contribute to limit a fire from widening, save lives and property as well as limit the economic damage caused by a wildfire. Aircraft can access steep, rocky or unsafe areas before firefighting forces on the ground are able to gain entry.  

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Why we use the AT-802F Fireboss

The aircraft has a good range and can drop up to 50,000 litres of water per hour. As the aircraft can fill it's tanks from lakes and rivers close to the fire even fires raging far away from airfields can be fought efficiently.

It is also a question of cost-effectiveness. For the same purchase/operating costs of a larger aircraft many Fire Boss aircraft can be operated, thereby enabling greater capacity and operational flexibility per krona invested.

Fireboss measurements

Computer controlled water drop

The AirTractor has a unique, computer controlled water release system called Fire Retardant Disparsal System (FRDS). This system offers a superior level of consistency, coverage and efficiency.

When the drop is triggered, FRDS responds instantly, automatically opening and closing the fire gate doors with millisecond computer precision that delivers a reliably consistent coverage level. Because the FRDS automates many calculations and functions, the pilot’s concentration can remain where it should be, on flying the aircraft in challenging flight conditions.

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Aerial firefighting explained

How does aerial firefighting work? Join Éder Navacerrada, one of our skilled aviators, as he gives you an insight into his dramatic world of fire and smoke. 

Video - 9 minutes
Forest fire

Did you know...

... the Air Tractor AT 802F is the most efficient, effective air tanker flying.

  • Operates off of everything from airstrips and roads to lakes, rivers and ocean
  • Scoops water from sources near the fire, no time-consuming airbase refilling needed
  • Drops up to 50,000 litres of water per hour
50,000
litres of water per hour

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