Caylym Technologies has achieved three milestones in the development of its advanced aerial firefighting system the Guardian, moving the solution closer to international acceptance.
The Guardian achieved the first milestone after it completed a year of testing and received the Italian Air Force certification to use the solution in Lockheed Martin’s C-130J Super Hercules as an aerial firefighting system.
The system has been primarily used in Alenia’s C-27J Spartan for the last three years, the company said.
Caylym managing director Rick Goddard said: "The Guardian is now being deployed in two state-of-the-art aircraft, the highly nimble C-27J which can carry six units, or 6,000l and the proven workhorse C-130J which can carry twenty units or 20,000l of water or retardant.
"Now, any country flying these popular aircraft can engage wildfires safely from the air, around the clock, using these readily available resources without airframe modification."
In another development, the Guardian achieved certification in Natick, Massachusetts at the US Army Testing Center after completing G-force trials.
Caylym said the system is now ready for flights on US military C-130 and C-17 aircraft.
The third development is marked by the company’s relocation to a larger facility that will provide the company the platform to increase production and storage capacity.
Tadlock added: "This new facility allows us to manufacture and store enough Guardians to meet our customers current and future needs but it also gives us room to manufacture our popular Fontana potable water tank and our Bullworks rapid barrier system."
Image: K-loader prepares a C-130J for Guardian test drop. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Caylym Technologies.