Simplex Aerospace has received Russian STC on its Fire Attack system for the Russian built Ka-32 Helicopter. The new STC for the Simplex Aerospace Model 328 Fire Attack tank was approved byt eh Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR) in Russia. The IAC AR had previously approved the Simplex Aerospace Model 10900-050. The new Simplex Aerospace Model 328 is a replacement for hte older 10900-050 system. The 10900-050 will be discontinued now that the new STC is in place.
Simplex Aerospace has been building Fire Attack systems for the Russian built helicopter for several years. The original Fire Attack system for the Ka-32 was primarily installed on helicopters operating in Korea. With the recent success Kamov has experienced selling the Ka-32 throughout the world, the new Fire Attack system, along with the new STC will make a certified system available to operators worldwide.
The Simplex Aerospace Model 328, for the Kamov Ka-32 Fire Attack system, holds more than 3,000 liters of water (800 U.S. gallons). The Fire Attack system also supports the use of 40 gallons of fire fighting foam in addition to the 800 gallons of water. The 328 was reddesigned to use ligher weight, more robust electrical components, reducing overall system weight and enhancing reliability. The Model 328 also uses only one hover pump. By eliminating the second hover pump, the new system reduces weight and system complexity.
Mark Zimmerman, president and CEO of Simplex Aerospace, commented that the STC is in keeping with Simplex Aerospace’s long term plan to offer certified systems to firefighting operators throughout the world. He also stated, “We belive that by spending the extra money to certify our products, we can provide a safer product to our customers.”
Simplex Aerospace Fire Attack systems are regarded worldwide as a critical tool in aerial firefighting missions. Simplex Fire Attack systems are trusted by OEM’s, private operators, and government firefighting agencies for their durability, reliability, efficiency, and safety. Simplex Aerospace is committed to producing the most advanced certified aerial firefighting systems on the market with the features and quality customers demand.
Founded in 1946, Simplex has built a reputation as the leader in design, manufacturing, and certification of aerial application systems and mission equipment for helicopters. Simplex maintains its industry leadership by incorporating the latest technology in designing and manufacturing systems from high-strength, low-weight composite materials to produce reliable and cost-effective systems for firefighting, agriculture, utilities maintenance and other aerial applications. For more information, please visit our website www.simplex.aero