Caylym's Guardian Passes the Natick Trials, Now Ready for Flight on U.S Military Aircrafts

By CIOReview | Monday, August 17, 2015
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FRENSO, CA: Caylym Technologies, provider of aerial firefighting system announces developments in the Guardian firefighting solution; a solution for wildfires.

 Wildfire is an uncontrolled fire in an area of combustible vegetation that occurs in the countryside area. A wildfire differs from other fires by its extensive size, the speed at which it can spread out from its original source, its potential to change direction unexpectedly, and its ability to jump gaps such as roads, rivers and fire breaks. Wildfires are characterized in terms of the cause of ignition, their physical properties such as speed of propagation, the combustible material present, and the effect of weather on the fire.

The Guardian has completed a year of rigorous testing, certifying it to be used in Lockheed Martin's C-130J Super Hercules as an aerial firefighting system. It will also be deployed in C-27J aircraft which can carry six units or 6000 liters and C-130J aircraft which can carry twenty units or 20,000 liters of water or retardant. Both of these aircraft will play vital roles in aerial firefighting. The Guardian has also achieved a certification in Natick at the Army Testing Center, where it has passed the difficult G-force trials. 

 "Passing the Natick trials is the most important step for the Guardian here in the United States. The Guardian firefighting system is ready for flights on the U.S.military C-130 and C-17aircraft,” says James Tadlock, Head of Operations, Caylym.

Guardian is a responsive, safe, and accurate method to tackle the threat of wildfires. It is a crate sized water container that deploys from a common cargo plane. Using a military designed logic system and GPS, the low velocity, air delivered (LVAD) Guardian lands within feet of its target. The 1,000 liter (264 gallon) bladder is released at a short distance above the ground delivers a highly concentrated cloud of retardant into the heart of the fire.

The paper based packaging drifts down to be collected or allowed to breakdown and aid the soil in recovering after the blaze. The delayed deployment allows airplanes and crew to fly significantly higher than previous systems (up to 1,500 feet Above Ground Level) thereby protecting people and equipment safely above the trees and flames.

The crate shaped container is built to fit onto a common cargo plane without any special equipment or outfitting. This allows for a dramatic increase in the number of airplanes that can aid in the battle against wildfires. More planes and less special gear also mean lower cost, directly helping fire-threatened communities save on funding.