A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

Elena, the reporter says that this year forest fires started way to early and she contacted the authorities to hear their forecast on the possible situation with fires. They told her it won’t be as in 2010 (the year when Moscow was covered with thick smog of forest fires and people were advised to keep windows tightly shut, no matter its +35 C outside). To prove they really mean it – no huge fires this year – they showed her a few of the novelties Moscow firefighters are going to use, including this fire fighting tank which we now, thanks to Elena, can see too.

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

Elena says firefighters call it “The Dragon”.

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

It has absolutely zero obstacles – can pass anywhere, except probably a deep swamp. Can go into the trenches over half meter deep or climb the walls of half meter high.

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

It can scrap and rake even while fire is still burning. Fire doesn’t damage it.

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

Like this.

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

Five meter tall pile of lumber? No worries.

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

It makes a dirt lane of three meter wide to stop the fire spread.

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

But its not the coolest about the Dragon.

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

The Dragon carries eight tons of water (or foam emulsion). It’s like as much as four Russian fire trucks can carry.

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

And all this being operated by two men – a firefighter and the driver.

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

Elena says the Dragon has only one downfall – its very heavy – 26 tons (8 of which is water weight). That’s why its better should be kept off the swamps.

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

The price of the machine is 8 million in local currency, it’s roughly $190,000.

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

And here is the cockpit.

A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

The steering is like on the plane and this heavy monster can go as fast as 25 km/h.

Thanks to Elena for such a nice report!

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4 thoughts on “A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon”

  1. i see lots of flaws in it’s design.

    basically it’s just a simple tracked tractor with a water tank.

    it has no fire protection for the driver, no air filter and air conditioning system for the cabin, no self protection from fire, it can’t carry more people than the driver, it’s terribly slow and underpowered.
    so in a real forest fire this piece of junk will be a death trap for it’s driver.

    just compare it to a real fire fighting tank, like the german Spot-55 oder the german AIRMATIC RED.

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