AutoFlight, a renowned China-based Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) company, has recently set a new benchmark in aerial firefighting technology for both civilian and military applications.
According to media reports, the company made waves at the prestigious Dubai Airshow with the introduction of its pioneering Autonomous Aerial Mobility (AAM) firefighting prototype.
This innovative unmanned aircraft is poised to redefine the approach to combating dangerous fires and augmenting fire suppression capabilities across various terrains and scenarios in times of war and peace.
Pioneering Advancements in Aerial Firefighting
The new AAM firefighting prototype means another leap forward in the ever-evolving innovation of aerial firefighting technology.
With a maximum take-off weight of two metric tons (MTOW), this fully functional unmanned autonomous aircraft is reportedly engineered to carry up to four fire-extinguishing canisters, each weighing 100 kilograms (220 pounds) or a cumulative payload of 400 kilograms (882 pounds).
This substantial payload capacity enables the aircraft to cover distances of up to 200 kilometers while reaching impressive speeds exceeding 200 kilometers per hour (about 124 mph).