AutoFlight unveils AAM firefighting prototype

Nov. 17, 2023

DUBAI, UAE - Electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) company AutoFlight in Augsburg, Germany announced the launch of a high-payload firefighting program and released a fully functional prototype at the Dubai Airshow.

The prototype has a maximum takeoff weight of two metric tons (MTOW), the firefighting model is designed to lift a 400kg/882lb payload over a distance of up to 200km/124 miles and can reach speeds in excess of 200km/h. 

It can transport four high-performance fire-extinguishing canisters, each weighing 100kg/220lbs, with the capacity to extinguish fires covering up to 200 sq/m individually. This means that the four canisters can collectively extinguish fires spanning up to 800 sqm/2153 sqft in a single payload.

The firefighting model is based on the CarryAll, AutoFlight’s cargo eVTOL, for which the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certification is expected by early 2024.

"Compared to existing fire-fighting Unmanned Aerial Vehicles available in the market, AutoFlight's prototype has achieved significant breakthroughs in terms of load capacity, flight duration, coverage, flight efficiency, and firefighting effectiveness," Kellen Xie, Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Business Development at AutoFlight said. "The initial demonstrations with potential customers received very encouraging feedback. We will now enter discussions with clients and development partners to evolve the prototype into product, including ground station and supporting systems."


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