progress (?) with the giant Russian airtanker

by John Anderson


Some may have noticed a section Muruga has dedicated here to the 7 year struggle to bring to bear on large wildfires the Russian airtanker, by far the largest in the world.

For an update (last published piece in English) on this campaign, see Johnson's Russia List, Feb 13 edition at item #13. Johnson's is located at

It is believed that with removal of barriers to entry to the US market for this immensely powerful firefighting service, other parts of the world afflicted with the scourge of wildfire may benefit from its services.

The difficulty of forming a global org with regional alignments for fighting the world's worst fires is covered in this press release from the FAO:

Posted on Jul 11, 2001, 6:18 PM

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