Helitak Firefighting Equipment Launches the FT-11K CH-47 Firefighting Tank

Helitak Firefighting Equipment, a leading global provider of external helicopter firefighting tanks, is pleased to announce the completion of development on the FT-11K firefighting tank for use on the CH-47D firefighting helicopter.

The FT-11K tank has been in design and development for several years, culminating in the first round of experimental testing in March in California with launch customer Alaska-based Rotak Helicopter Services.

As a US-based operator of the Chinook, Rotak worked closely with Helitak to develop the innovative FT11K, a lightweight, collapsible belly-mounted fire suppression tank specifically designed for the helicopter.

The FT-11K tank features a water carrying capacity of 2905 US gallons/11000 liters that can be dropped on a fire in stages or in a single drop using the included Helitak load controller to disperse the load. The FT-11K can also take a 132-gallon/500-liter load of foam retardant if needed.

The FT-11K tank can take on a full load of water in 60 seconds with the included Hover Fill Pump, ready to return to the firefight, enabling Helitak tank-equipped CH-47 helicopters more time on the fireground dispersing more water in less time.

Full Feature List of the FT-11K

Tank Capacity: 2905G/11000L

Tank Empty Weight:   2030lbs/880kg

Tank Full Weight: 26455lbs/12000kg

Tank Height: 14”/36cm

Foam Retardant Capacity: 132G/500L

Power Requirements: 40Kva 110Vac 3 Phase/50Amps 28Vdc 30 Amps

Hover Fill Pump Time: 2641G/10000 Liters Per Minute 

The Helitak FT-11K will be displayed on Rotak’s CH-47D at this year’s Heli Expo show at static location B4244 on the floor, in addition to the FT-1800-2500 for the Bell 205 and the FT-1300 for the AS-350 also at the static location display. Helitak will also be exhibiting on the show floor at booth number B4655. 

For further information on this or any other Helitak Firefighting Equipment tank, please contact sales@helitak.com.au 

About Helitak Firefighting Equipment

Helitak Firefighting Equipment is an award-winning world leader in the development of external tank solutions for the aerial firefighting industry, founded by Jason Schellaars, an engineer and helicopter pilot that believed it was possible to improve on tanks currently available to the industry. Helitak continues developing new products and improvements to the industry’s lightest and most efficient tanks.

About Rotak Helicopter Services

ROTAK Helicopter Services is an Alaskan-based global helicopter operator. ROTAK specializes in precision external load utility operations. Focused on complex aerial construction to disaster relief and wildfire suppression. ROTAK’s global operations, including operating in all types of extreme terrain and weather environments from Alaska’s North Slope to Antarctica. ROTAK operates CH-47D CHINOOK and Kaman K-1200 KMAX helicopters.  www.rotakheli.com


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