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PARIS: Viking Air wins launch order for CL-515 water bomber

Viking Air has secured a launch order for its new-generation CL-515 water bomber from Indonesia, with a seven-unit deal that also includes a single modernised CL-415EAF.

Jakarta will acquire four CL-515s in a "first responder" multimission configuration, and two examples delivered in a configuration optimised for aerial firefighting missions. Deliveries are set for 2024. No value was disclosed for the transaction.

In addition, the agreement provides for the enhancement of a CL-215 to the new CL-415 Enhanced Aerial Firefighter standard.

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Upgrade work is to be performed by Viking sister company Longview Aviation Services.

Although the agreement with Indonesia is a firm one, it still hinges on parent company Longview Aviation Capital approving the launch of production.

The CL-series programme was acquired by Longview from Bombardier in 2016.

"We are thrilled to welcome Indonesia as the first customer for this extraordinary aircraft," says David Curtis, chief executive of Longview Aviation Capital, describing the contract as a "major milestone" in bringing the twin-turboprop to market.

"The confidence of a sovereign government in our programme is matched by our own confidence in our ability to deliver this new aircraft platform to the world."

Curtis says it is nearing a decision on manufacturing and final assembly sites for the CL-515 and expects to "complete the remaining programme milestones in the near future".

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