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Ka-32A11BC fire-fighting helicopter presented with Australian certificate of airworthiness

Ka-32A11BC fire-fighting helicopter presented with Australian certificate of airworthiness

Russian Helicopters, part of state defence holding Oboronprom and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, announces that the Ka-32A11BC firefighting helicopter was officially awarded its certificate of airworthiness by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) at a ceremony during the Avalon 2013 airshow.

of the Russian Helicopters delegation in Australia.

The certificate means that Australian helicopter operators can now deploy the Ka-32A11BC as a search-and-rescue and fire-fighting helicopter, as well as using it to carry loads on an external sling and for construction work.

The Ka-32A11BC completed certification procedures in Australia at the end of 2012.

Australia is a country that suffers damage from wildfires every year, and therefore has a need for specialised fire-fighting equipment able to combat the threat. As a fire-fighting helicopter, the Ka-32A11BC can be equipped with Bambi Buckets and water cannon, which combined with the helicopter’s unique coaxial main rotor system makes the Ka-32A11BC one of the best fire-fighting helicopters in the world.

In 2013 the Ka-32A11BC was chosen as the mainstay and symbol of the Global Helicopter Firefighting Initiative (GHFI).

Source: Geelong, Australia ( News – 1 March 2013

Photo: The Australian Ka-32A11BC fire-fighting helicopter presented with Australian certificate of airworthiness (Photo by


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