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Bombardier 415  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1994
Total Production: 91
Unitary Cost: USD$35 million
Also Known As: Bombardier 415MP, Canadair and CL-415
Origin: Canada
Corporations: Viking Air Limited
Parent System: Bombardier 415
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1994
Total Production: 91
Total Cost: USD$1.4 billion
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  Comfort 5.0
  Performance 9.0
  Range 8.0
  Speed 8.0
Description: The Bombardier 415 multi-role amphibious aircraft receives its heritage from the Canadair CL-215 developed in the 1960s. More than 142 CL-215s have been sold worldwide. Bombardier 415 aircraft's design responds to a high wing, amphibian, turboprop airplane intended for firefighting. Bombardier launched this program in 1991 with the aim to replace aging CL-215 aircraft also manufactured by Bombardier. The maiden flight was conducted in 1993 and first airworthiness certifications during 1994 with the first delivery to an end customer in November 1994. The Bombardier Amphibious Aircraft Program was sold to Viking Air Limited in 2016.

The primary role of this aircraft is the firefighting role carrying water and/or foam. Moreover, Bombardier claims the 415 is suitable for other missions such as maritime surveillance, coastal patrol, search and rescue, utility transport and resource protection. In the firefighting configuration, the Bombardier 415 can do an initial attack on forest fires dropping large amounts of fire suppressing foam. It has four compartments four doors water tank storage system that hold approximately 6,137 liters or 1,621 gallons of water/foam mixture. It can refill its tanks by skimming the surface of any suitable body of water.

Externally, the 415 is very similar to its predecessor the CL-215. Although, internally the aircraft is quite different incorporating air conditioned glass cockpit, Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123AF turboprop engines rated at 2,380-shp each and new flight controls. Maintenance results easier than its predecessor. In addition, the maximum take-off weight is greater than CL-215's one and the speed has been increased yielding enhanced performance. As of 2001, The world's 415 fleet had logged 50,000 flight hours totaling 190,000 water/foam drops.

On February 8, 2006 the Italian Government exercised an option on 15 upgrade kits from Bombardier Aerospace for its Bombardier 415 aircraft to expand their capabilities while improving crew comfort and safety. The upgrade kit package derived from the Bombardier 415MP multipurpose aircraft and included autopilot, nose radar, flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder. Italy already installed an upgrade kit on a Bombardier 415 purchased in 2005.

Bombardier 415 Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Passengers: 9
Height: 8.98 meter (354 inch)
Length: 19.8 meter (780 inch)
Wingspan: 28.6 meter (94 foot)
Max Range: 2,427 kilometer (1,310 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 4,760 shp (3,551 kW)
Cruise Speed: 104 mps (375 kph)
Empty Weight: 12,882 kilogram (28,399 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 21,319 kilogram (47,000 pound)
Payload: 6,123 kilogram (13,499 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Bombardier 415 News

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22 Dec 2006 and 12 Nov 2018
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Monday, November 12, 2018Seaplane Global Air Services Places Order for up to 10 Be-200ES Firefighting Airplanes
Monday, June 20, 2016Bombardier Announces a Definitive Agreement for the Sale of its Amphibious Aircraft Program to Viking Air Limited
Wednesday, March 26, 2014Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Orders Two Bombardier 415 Aircraft
Monday, October 21, 2013Spanish Ministry of Agriculture Orders a Bombardier 415 Aircraft
Monday, March 28, 2011Bombardier Sells Four Bombardier 415 Amphibious Firefighting Aircraft to an Undisclosed Customer
Tuesday, April 20, 2010Bombardier Confirms Sale of Four Bombardier 415 Aircraft to Government of Manitoba
Tuesday, February 2, 2010Bombardier Sells Four Bombardier 415 Amphibious Firefighting Aircraft
Wednesday, October 28, 2009Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Orders Four Bombardier 415 Amphibious Aircraft
Friday, January 23, 2009Bombardier Delivers First Bombardier 415MP Amphibious Aircraft to Malaysia
Friday, June 13, 2008Malaysia Buys Two Bombardier 415MPs to Serve as Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft ordered by France's Securite Civile (12)
Two Bombardier 415MP ordered by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA)
Aircraft ordered by Spanish Ministry of Agriculture (1)

Grand Total 828
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