AVRO RJ85 Large Air Tanker

Carrying a retardant payload of up to 11,733 litres (3,100 USG) coupled with a dispatch speed of up to 375 knots, the Avro RJ85 represents the future generation in large air tankers.

Recognising they needed to look forward to the future and beyond their existing fleet of large air tankers, Conair embarked on a mission to find the best platform on which to build their next air tanker fleet.

After an exhaustive search, Conair elected to make the British Aerospace Avro RJ85 this platform.  Drawing on decades of experience, the Conair Team went about designing a large air tanker from the ground up that could serve in their fleet for the next twenty to twenty five years.
And so the Avro RJ85 air tanker came to fruition.  Currently nine RJ’s have been built and these have been engaged in fire fighting with great success during the North American summers of 2014 through to 2019.
For the Australian summers of 2014/15, 2015/15,  2016/17 and 2017/18, Field Air have been very proud to work with Conair to bring one RJ85 Air Tanker to Australia and have it based at Avalon Airport in Victoria.  Most recently, in the summer of 2018/19, three RJ85 Air Tankers came down to Australia for the fire season.
Over the five year  period to date, the RJ’s have worked fires in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.
For more information on the RJ, visit the Firebombing Downloads on our website, or check out RJ85 Australia on Facebook.
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