Updated: Feb 6, 2021
RTAF Combines Satellites, Drones, Helicopters, Traditional Airtankers & C-130’s kitted with PCADS in Federal, Military & Provincewide Collaboration to Battle Wildfires (January 29th, 2020)
Contact: Matt Schuler – Chief Strategy Officer
The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) & Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Planning collaborate to reduce the impact of smog and PM2.5 dust in the Lampang Province of Thailand using every available aerial firefighting technology. Their strategy includes deploying NOAA-20 Satellites, Sky Scout drones, Helicopters, Traditional Airtankers & standard Military C-130s kitted with PCADS (Precision Container Aerial Delivery System) to directly attack wildfires with precision accuracy, day or night at approximately 1,493m above sea level.
The RTAF C-130H loaded with PCADS equals 16 air drop bundles known as CDS. Inside each CDS or PCADS is a bladder that holds 275USG/1,040L of liquid that turns a C-130H into a 4,400USG airtanker for rapid initial attack capabilities.
PCADS drop from high altitude like regular humanitarian aid or cargo air drops with a timer system that opens them up and releases firefighting liquids at lower altitudes . The patented time delay system is called HALO (High Altitude Low Opening).
PCADS Missions ensure all personnel and equipment are SAFE at all times from wheels up to wheels down with HALO by keeping the aircraft/crews out of dangerous flight profiles that traditional airtankers are required to operate in.
FOREST FIRE CONTROL FLIGHT MISSION IN THE AREA OF DOI PHRABAT, LAMPANG PROVINCE
The RTAF Space Command centers, known as SPOCs, run this mission with JEDIs to target hot spots using Sky Scout drones to follow up with a variety of direct attack and suppression tools including disaster mitigation helicopters, traditional airtankers and PCADS.
Sky Scout Heat Mapping
Original Content: http://www.rtaf.mi.th/th/RTAFNews/Pages/A20200129-3.aspx