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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Kamovs Hired to Fight Indonesian Fires

Anticipated forest fires due to the dry season in the countryside surrounding Jakarta, Indonesia, has spurred the Forestry Ministry in Jakarta to rent two Russian-made Kamov Ka-32s owned by LG International Corp., a South Korean company. The aircraft were rented through the Indonesian air charter company, PT National Unity Helicopter at a cost of Rp 26 billion (U.S. $2.84 million) for an anticipated use of 320 hr. One helicopter has the capacity to carry up to 3,000 liters of water while the other can carry up to 5,000 liters of water in a bambi bucket. The twin-engine helicopters can carry 13 passengers with two crewmembers. They have a maximum speed of 260 kph and a cruising speed of 240 kph. For related news


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