Italian amphibian

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The Italian Civil Protection Agency is in negotiations with Bombardier for the acquisition of up to five Canadair CL-415 amphibians, to add to its current fleet of 10. The aircraft will be used to fight fires in the Reggio Calabria, Trapani, Olbia and Ciampino areas. The aircraft will be operated and maintained by Sorem, which has won a court battle against fellow amphibian operator and former contractor Sisam, which attempted to block the agency's decision to sign Genoa-based Sorem. Bombardier has 52 orders for CL-415s, with 40 aircraft awaiting delivery.