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Advanced Forest Fire Fighting

Objective

In recent years, the frequency of large-scale forest fires has increased significantly owing to a number of factors including the effects of climate change, urbanisation, poor landscape management and malevolent acts. These so-called “Mega-fires” are particularly destructive and difficult to control with the technologies and systems currently available to fire fighters and emergency agencies. The AF3 project intends to provide an extraordinary improvement to the efficiency of current fire-fighting operations and to the protection of human lives, the environment and property by developing innovative technologies and means to ensure a high level of integration between existing and new systems.
To reach this objective, AF3 project focuses on the following areas:
• Innovative active countermeasure: implementation of the novel AAFF (Advanced Aerial Fire Fighting) system to accurately and safely disperse extinguishing materials from high altitude by aircrafts and helicopters in any condition: day and night, regardless of weather, smoke and configuration of terrain. It will enable a quick 24H response, minimizing fire duration and damages. The AAFF system can be adapted to a wide variety of aircrafts or helicopters.
• Innovative passive countermeasures: fast build-up of preventive defensive lines of capsules to prevent the spreading of fire from forest to populated areas
• Early detection and monitoring: integration and deployment of diverse systems including satellites, aeroplanes, UAVs, and both mobile and stationary ground systems for the early detection of fire and for monitoring the propagation of smoke and toxic clouds.
• Integrated crisis management: the innovative AF3 Core Expert Engine will perform overall coordination of all fire fighting missions.
The results of AF3 will be validated by intermediate tests during the project, and by a final demonstration with flight tests and drilling exercises carried out simultaneously in Spain, Italy, Greece and Israel.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/satellites
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft/rotorcraft
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

LEONARDO - SOCIETA PER AZIONI
Address
Piazza Monte Grappa 4
00195 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 579 320,30
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Ambrosetti (Mr.)

Participants (19)

SELEX ES SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 310 981,81
Address
Piazza Monte Grappa 4
00195 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Ambrosetti (Mr.)
ELBIT SYSTEMS LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 2 532 501
Address
Advanced Technology Center
31053 Haifa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Amir Meir (Mr.)
EFPC ( UK ) LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 571 399,60
Address
Brandon Street 378 Oakfield House
ML1 1XA Motherwell
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dana Remes (Mrs.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 366 158,25
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)
INTRACOM SA TELECOM SOLUTIONS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 424 600
Address
New Road Peania Markopoulo 19 7Km
19002 Peania
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Artur Krukowski (Dr.)
"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""
Greece
EU contribution
€ 1 047 020,08
Address
End Of Patriarchou Grigoriou E And 27 Neapoleos Street
15341 Agia Paraskevi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stelios Thomopoulos (Dr.)
SKYTEK LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 351 500,80
Address
32 Lower Leeson Street
2 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sarah Bourke (Dr.)
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 215 672
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vittorio Verda (Prof.)
CENTRUM BADAN KOSMICZNYCH POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 612 760
Address
Bartycka 18 A
00 716 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ewa Bilska (Ms.)
PYRO FIRE EXTINCTION SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 444 252,80
Address
Gran Via Marques Del Turia 44 2 Puerta 4
46005 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose Luis Liz (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 688 332
Address
Regent Street 309
W1B 2UW London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Izzet Kale (Prof.)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 460 098
Address
Avenida De Aragon 404
28022 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Melchor Barrio Mendez (Mr.)
MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENCE, GREECE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 448 000
Address
Mesogion 227-231
15500 Holargos, Athens
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Georgios Delis (Dr.)
EMPRESA DE TRANSFORMACION AGRARIA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 607 400
Address
Calle Maldonado 58
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Asunción Roldán Zamarrón (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 629 969,50
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Manuel Esteve (Prof.)
LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 182 520
Address
Campus Valla
581 83 Linkoping
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sofie Pilemalm (Mrs.)
ARIA TECHNOLOGIES SA
France
EU contribution
€ 199 800
Address
Rue De La Ferme 8-10
92100 Boulogne-billancourt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Armand Albergel (Dr.)
MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 64 800
Address
Ba'alei Hamelacha 41
72558 Ramle
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yaron Koren (Mr.)
MINISTERO DELL'INTERNO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 248 400
Address
Piazza Del Viminale 1
00184 Rome
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefano Marsella (Mr.)