Types of attack:

Surveillance and initial attack flights

The objective of this combined type of surveillance and initial attack flight is to respond quickly to emerging fires (e.g. after an electrical storm) so  as to attack the zone of greatest risk, delaying the evolution of the fire and allowing the terrestrial resources to carry out its control and liquidation. The effectiveness of this strategy is based on its high cruising speed (350 km / h.) and its long range (1,300 km.), so they can respond to more than one initial action on the same flight and cover a wide surface.

Parallel attack

Parallel attack air operations consist of the dropping of green fuel parallel to the perimeter of the fire (usually less than 30 m.) in order to slow the lateral propagation of the flanks of the fire when it is found with a higher content of fuel moisture. This work methodology is used when the intensity is high, where the application of water over the flames is not very effective. The use of long-term fire retardants slows fuel combustion more effectively compared to the use of water without additives.

Indirect attack

The characteristics of the indirect attack are based on the pretreatment of fuels (on the flanks or on the head respectively) with long term fire retardants that favors the work of the terrestrial units and makes difficult or interrupts the propagation of the fire. Its main objective is to expand and / or consolidate control lines (natural, artificial or executed by heavy machinery or manually) and improve the safety conditions of ground units.

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