Brazil Buys Panthers

Infraero Aeroportos has signed a deal for 80 PANTHER ARFF vehicles with Rosenbauer, worth $42.9 million. (Rosenbauer)

Infraero Aeroportos has signed a deal for 80 PANTHER ARFF vehicles with Rosenbauer, worth $42.9 million. (Rosenbauer)

FIRE EQUIPMENT manufacturer Rosenbauer has signed a contract with Brazil’s state-owned airport operator Infraero Aeroportos to supply 80 PANTHER Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles.  The deal is worth US$42.9 million.
Infraero is updating fire protection across Brazil’s airports in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.  All of the country’s international airports, including Antônio Carlos Jobim Airport in Rio de Janeiro and Guarulhos Airport in São Paulo, will benefit from new equipment in order to comply with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) regulations.
The PANTHER 6x6s will be manufactured in the US at Rosenbauer Minnesota and Rosenbauer Motors in Wyoming.  They will be supplied and commissioned by January 2014 whilst a prototype will be given to Infraero by the end of this year.
The vehicles have 665hp Detroit Diesel engines, a top speed of 75mph (120km/h) and an extinguishant payload of 12,870 litres.