Iran builds air tanker

Air pressure is used to dispense the liquid, much like the MAFFS and 747 Supertanker in the United States

Iran air tanker
Air tanker built in Iran

Iran has built a dispensing system for a large firefighting air tanker that can hold up to 4,500 gallons, according to the state run news agency, Press TV. It uses the same principle of compressed air to pump the liquid out of the aircraft, not unlike the Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS) and the 747 Supertanker in the United States. However, they claim the “aerial firefighting technology is solely possessed by Iran”. The system can reportedly be mounted in various aircraft.

The photos show that the liquid exits through the belly like the 747, rather than out the side troop door in the MAFFS.

It is mounted in the interior of an aircraft that appears to be a Tupolev Tu-154, a three-engine medium-range narrow-body airliner designed in the mid-1960s and manufactured by Tupolev in Russia.

Below is an excerpt from an article at China Economic Net:

The aerial firefighting technology is solely possessed by Iran, Defense Minister Amir Hatami said on the sidelines of the unveiling ceremony in Iran’s central province of Isfahan.

The high pressure used for water release would not interfere with the operation of the firefighting aircraft, Hatami added.

According to Press TV, Iran’s northern jungles are prone to fire given their popularity among tourists.

The western areas in Iran are also susceptible to blazes, though to a lesser extent. The jungles in Zagros Mountains suffered heavily during sweeping fires last year.

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