“The PC-12 is an ideal multi-mission platform to support the State of Colorado’s firefighting efforts this year. The aircraft is affordable, fast, can stay airborne for a long time, and can be operated from almost any airfield," said Pollitt.
Sparks, NV (PRWEB) July 23, 2014
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces that SNC’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) business area located in Centennial, Colorado won a competitive contract from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. The contract is to provide and operate two Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) for the State of Colorado, Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC).
Based on the Pilatus PC-12, the DFPC aircraft will be equipped with sensors and communications equipment that allow firefighters to detect small fires before they grow into large incidents that severely affect Colorado’s lives, property, and resources. As a result of the integration of SNC’s technology and modifications by SNC, the MMA will provide advanced fire detection, location, and behavior monitoring capabilities.
Additionally, the aircraft features a communications system that allows the air crew to send collected information to all wildfire response personnel using the Colorado Wildfire Information Management System (CO-WIMS). CO-WIMS, developed by SNC’s team member, Intterra, Inc. of Castle Rock, Colorado, is a web-based collaborative information sharing tool that allows any firefighter immediate access to fire location, behavior, and other critical pieces of information. CO-WIMS is accessible from tablets, computers, and smartphones and is built specifically to address the needs of the wildfire response personnel.
“The PC-12 is an ideal multi-mission platform to support the State of Colorado’s firefighting efforts this year. The aircraft is affordable, fast, can stay airborne for a long time, and can be operated from almost any airfield. The suite of sensors and communications equipment provides a capability that can greatly improve the firefighter safety and efficiency in handling an incident,” said Ralph Pollitt, vice president of business development for SNC's ISR.
This award establishes DFPC and SNC as the vanguard for cooperative ventures to quickly put game-changing tools and capabilities in the hands of wildfire managers to help protect Colorado’s people and resources from wildfires. SNC and the DFPC expect to have one aircraft operational this fire season.
SNC employs approximately 1,000 personnel at its locations in Centennial, Englewood and Louisville, Colorado. The work on the PC-12 will be performed at SNC’s facility in Centennial.
About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, is one of America’s fastest growing private companies based on its significant expansion and reputation for rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions in electronics, aerospace, avionics, space, propulsion, micro-satellite, aircraft, communications systems and solar energy. Under the leadership of CEO Fatih Ozmen and President Eren Ozmen, SNC has a workforce of over 3,000 personnel in 31 locations in 17 states. SNC’s six unique business areas are dedicated to providing leading-edge solutions to SNC’s dynamic customer base.
SNC is also the Top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the United States. Over the last 30 years under the Ozmen’s leadership, SNC has remained focused on providing its customers the very best in diversified technologies to meet their needs and has a strong and proven track record of success. The company continues to focus its growth also on the commercial sector through internal advancements in dual-use applications and outside acquisitions, including the emerging markets of renewable energy, telemedicine, nanotechnology, cyber and net-centric operations. For more information on SNC visit http://www.sncorp.com and follow us at Facebook/Sierra Nevada Corporation.