This is the Best Weapon of US Forces to Combat Great Fire – MAFFS on C-130 Hercules.
In the video below you can see a Members of the 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard, prepare two C-130 aircraft, in Cheyenne, Wyo., for Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System missions in the Rocky Mountain Region.
The Modular Airborne Firefighting System, also known by its acronym MAFFS, is an apparatus self-sufficient technique that can be used on board of an airplane cargo, such as a Lockheed C-130 Hercules, and that allows the aircraft to operate in the air firefighting in the role of “Airtanker”. This allows using as Air Force aircraft fire-fighting aircraft, in case of need.
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Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System
The Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS) is a self-contained unit used for aerial firefighting that can be loaded onto a Lockheed C-130 Hercules, a military cargo transport, which then allows the aircraft to be used as an air tanker against wildfires. This allows the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to use military aircraft from the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve to serve as an emergency backup resource to the civilian air tanker fleet.
MAFFS II System
- Only C-130 RO / RO retardant delivery system
- Designed in close coordination with US Forest Service, US Air Force, and Lockheed Martin
- OEM Service Bulletins and USAF TCTOs apply
- Applicable to C-130H and C-130J aircraft
- 3,000 US gallon capacity
- Pressurized tank allows untethered operations
- Installs / uninstalls in less than an hour
- Enables aircraft flexibility and multi-mission capability
- Trailer and necessary ground support equipment included for storage and installation.