Oshkosh Airport Products has delivered three more Oshkosh Striker 6 X 6 aircraft rescue and fire-fighting (ARFF) vehicles to airports administered and operated by Servicios Aeroportuarios Bolivianos S A (SABSA) in Bolivia. The Striker 6 X 6 apparatus will join three others already on duty; one each at the following airports: Viru Viru International Airport (IATA: VVI) in Santa Cruz, Jorge Wilstermann International Airport (CBB) in Cochabamba, and El Alto International Airport (LPB) in La Paz.
SABSA is a nationalized company dedicated to the administration, modernization and expansion of the major airports in Bolivia. Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz handles large commercial jets and is the hub for Bolivia’s largest airline. Jorge Wilstermann International Airport serves the Cochabamba region, and is situated at an elevation of 8,360ft (2,548m). El Alto International Airport is located eight miles southwest of La Paz and, at 13,325ft (4,061m), is the highest elevation international airport in the world.
The delivery follows that of three other 6 x 6 Striker 6 x 6 acquired by the organization in late 2014.
The second set of three Striker vehicles are being shipped to the Port of Iquique, Chile, where they are loaded onto flatbed vehicles for a challenging overland journey to their respective airports. The first delivery, to Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz, was completed last month. The second and third deliveries – to Jorge Wilstermann International Airport in Cochabamba and El Alto International near La Paz – will take place later this summer.
Each of the three Striker 6 X 6 vehicles for Bolivia is outfitted with a roof turret, an Oshkosh low attack bumper turret, and a dry chemical system. In addition, the Striker serving at El Alto International Airport is equipped with a cold weather/high altitude package that includes piping inside the compartments to protect its firefighting components.