Israel’s New Aerial Firefighting Squadron

Moving quickly, Israel has now deployed its first aerial firefighting squadron, following the devastating and deadly forest fire of December 2010.

Photo: Israel Air Force

On May 12th, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dedicated the squadron at the Sde Dov Air Force Base.

The squadron is composed of seven Air Tractor 802F aircraft, each of which is capable of scooping approximately 3,000 liters of water and flying for three hours without refueling. The squadron will be deployed at two bases in the north and south of the country.

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