The Flamingo is a guided anti-fire missile that flies completely autonomously through the merger of INS / GPS and other sensors. With a load of 200l retardant or extinguishing agent.
Flamingo is composed of two main elements, the control unit; which integrates Veronte technology and is responsible for the functions of guiding, navigation and control, and the suppression unit; and a housing for the extinguishing agent. It also incorporates a recovery mechanism that allows the separation of the control unit which releases a parachute just before impact, allowing the recovery of this component.
The system is designed for use from cargo aircrafts, not being necessary a modification of the aircraft for using it. To do this, the system has a release mechanism fully compatible with standard 463L pallets.
Flamingo offers several advantages over usual means of extinction:
- Night operation.
- Performance in inaccessible areas.
- Water encapsulation.
- Accurate distribution of suppressant.
- Performance in adverse weather conditions and strong winds.
- Keep human resources away from fire.
- Fast reaction.
- Multipurpose aircraft use.
Performance Range (from 13000ft) 3500m Precision 10m Capacity 200 l Surface 100 m2 Retardant Any compatible with polyethylene Dimensions and weights Length 2.65m Diameter 0.4m Empty weight 21.7kg Launch system Pallet 463 L Number of units per pallet 4 Number of pallets Unlimited (1 on ramp) Pallet + launch system weight 350kg Launching configuration Launching platform Any with rear port and 463L compatible (e.g. C-295) Launch speed <160 kts Altitude 8000ft-13000ft Pitch angle at launch >5deg