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The Hercules of the Uruguayan Air Force, equipped for fire fighting missions with Guardian Systems-Noticias

A Uruguayan Air Force KC-130 Hrcules brings Guardian forest fire systems from the United States. Although the Uruguayan Air Force’s (FAU) new Hercules’ most urgent job is to move four refrigerators in Florida, USA, to Montevideo to use to cool the Pfizer vaccines to be purchased from The State, that plane will also transport special Caylym Guardian containers (122 x 122 x 88 cm and a thousand liters each) made of biodegradable material to start fresh water, foam or gel at low altitude and to put out fires.

They have standard dimensions that the Hercules from FAU can operate without any special modification. These devices have already been used in Europe, having been certified by Leonardo for use in his Spartan C 27J, as well as in Peru, where his models have been equipped with the systems and can also be operated from Airbus CN 235, C-295 aircraft etc.

For this flight from Montevideo to Fort Lauderdale, the FAU 594 will have two full crews, a total of 4 pilots, 2 navigators, 2 engineers, 5 cargo overseers and flight mechanics.

The flight will be operated in two seven-hour segments, with a two-hour stopover in Leticia (Colombian Amazon on the border with Brazil and Peru, headquarters of the FAC Amazon Areo Group and the Herbert Boy Base) and an overnight overnight in the United States, to return early on Saturday morning and transport all cargo to Air Base No. 1 (Carrasco). (Javier Bonilla)

Photo: The KC-130 Hercules of the FAU 594 of the Uruguayan Air Force was preparing for the flight to the USA.

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