NIGHT AERIAL FIREFIGHTING
Since 1953, aerial firefighting has been carried out using liquid cascade drop methods that require sorties to be conducted at an altitude of a 100-120 ft. in order to reduce liquid loss caused by the aerosol effect. Such low-altitude flights are restricted to daytime due to safety concerns and Civil Aviation regulations. The experience from around the globe clearly shows that restricting aerial firefighting to daytime severely degrades its operational contribution
Addressing this needs gap, Elbit Systems developed the Hydrop system that enables a high-precision computed launch of bio-degradable liquid pellets from 500-2,000 ft., altitudes that are safe and certified for night-flight by Civil Aviation.
AERIAL FIREFIGHTING AND COORDINATION
With Helicopter, Fixed-wing and Heavy Lifter configurations, Hydrop integrates fighter aircraft avionics including a ballistic computer, command and control (C2) system and advanced display systems, together with liquid pellets stored in a specially designed airborne dispenser. The C2 unit navigates the aircraft to the drop point while the ballistic computer produces an accurate launch trajectory, taking into account aircraft velocity, altitude, GPS location, wind conditions and the weight and shape of the liquid pellets. In addition to lifting the restriction on nighttime aerial firefighting, this high-altitude system improves pilots safety and increases the effectiveness of aerial firefighting, during day and night, by eliminating the liquid loss caused by the aerosol effect.
The Hydrop system includes a pellets manufacturing machine (static or mobile). Housed in a standard 20‘-container, the manufacturing machine can produces up to 10 tons of pellets per hour. The biodegradable pellets which can be filled with either water, foam or fire retardant, have been proved to have no harmful residues and their dropping has also been tested and found to be safe to crews on the ground.
C4 COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEM
C4 airborne is a cutting-edge aerial command and control system that integrates all essential mission information into a single platform and forms a real-time common operational picture for all participating units. By connecting air, ground and marine units, C4 Airborne enhances situational awareness, leading to smarter decision-making, faster reactions times and ultimately higher missions success rate. Deploying C4airborne to your fleet is fast and simple, making your aircrafts smarter in no more than 24 hours.
C4 AIRBORNE UTILITY
The C4 utility package adds advanced operational capabilities for airborne units with more comprehensive needs. Each package is specifically tailored based on the client's needs and delivered as a custom-mademission suite that provides distinct upgrades to the equipped aircrafts.Our experienced team of military veterans and aerospace specialists collaborates to give every projectits undivided attention, managing it from design to completion, and continuing to perform initial testing,training and support to ensure client's operational readiness and performance.