Canada and Australia Could Transport Water Bombers by Sea
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January 16, 2020 - by THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE for maritime-executive.com
With catastrophic bushfires burning across Australia, the idea of a maritime joint firefighting force with Canada has resurfaced.
Canada's Davie Shipyard and aerospace company Bombadier developed the idea for a joint force of 14 water bombing planes deployed from a specialist ship that could transfer the planes between the two countries in time for their respective fire seasons.
The plans can carry several thousand liters of water and refill by skimming over a body of water. Transporting them by sea rather than flying them between countries would reduce risk and maintenance costs.
The proposal, reportedly shared informally in 2016, stated that the two nations could share the costs for this boost to local firefighting assets.
Greg Mullins, former NSW fire commissioner, told Australia's ABC earlier...
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