Dart Aerospace will be partnering with United Rotorcraft, the exclusive completion center for the Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk, for the development and certification of new lightweight fire attack systems. These systems will be developed and manufactured at Dart’s Portland, Oregon facility and include a new 1,000-gallon belly tank made of lightweight materials.
The tank is expected to receive FAA STC approval in the second half of 2022. The contract is a testament to the "trust the firefighting industry has in Dart Aerospace to develop quality, reliable fire attack systems,” said Dart CEO Alain Madore. “We expect long-term demand for tanks to increase for years to come.”
“This new tank technology will further establish the Firehawk as the standard for aerial firefighting in the U.S. and abroad,” said Larry Alexandre, president of Air Methods unit United Rotorcraft.
With more than 1,100 STCs, Dart offers mission equipment and related services, replacement parts, and tools for civil and military operators, completion centers, MR&O facilities, and all major rotorcraft OEMs. Dart's key products include aerial firefighting systems, flotation systems, landing gear, interior and exterior accessories, cargo expansion, cable cutters, and filters.