China Tackles Sichuan Forest Fire With Support of Domestically Developed UAV

China has dispatched the Wing Loong-2 large unmanned aerial vehicle to support teams tackling a forest fire in Sichuan province.

The domestically developed large civil UAV was rushed to Sichuan to carry out support missions under the Ministry of Emergency Management, said Aviation Industry Corporation of China, the country’s leading aircraft manufacturer.

The Wing Loong-2 can play unique roles in emergency-rescue command and firefighting in a timely and effective manner, AVIC said.

The Ministry of Emergency Management on Monday sent the UAV to conduct aerial fire monitoring and telecommunications support in the battle against the raging forest fire in Yajiang county in Sichuan.

The fire broke out in mountainous areas with steep slopes and at high altitudes averaging 2,600 meters in elevation. Due to the terrain and thick smoke, it is extremely hard for rescuers to monitor and reach the fire, especially in the evening.

Read more on this story at China Daily

Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason
Ryan is an accomplished writer and aerial photographer that has worked in the aviation industry for over a decade before co-founding AerialFire Magazine. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Ryan is a former police officer that focuses his writing and photography efforts on para-public operations and agricultural aviation.

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