The Panther reverses out of the world's largest cargo plane in Kabul.
Yorkshire-based firefighting vehicle manufacturer Rosenbauer UK has supplied NATO with two fire appliances, which touched down in Afghanistan earlier this month.
NATO signed the £1.1m contract with the Meltham firm just over two months ago in November 2017 as part of its mission to provide effective security and safety across the Middle Eastern country.
The two 6x6 Panther fire trucks were transported to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport by the world's largest operational cargo jet, Antonov Airlines’ AN-225.
The contract was secured by Rosenbauer UK’s managing director, Oliver North, who has ties with the military after starting his career in the Royal Engineers at the age of 17.
He said: “In 2017, many airports across the UK entrusted us to provide Panthers to meet their demanding requirements, but it’s fantastic to have delivered these state-of-the-art appliances to NATO.
“Supplying this military alliance with the best airport trucks available on the market is a particular source of fulfilment for me.
“I served in the Royal Engineers for just over seven years, so it’s personally a really proud moment to provide NATO with what is the best product in our line up — the Rosenbauer Panther — which will serve its time watching over Kabul’s airport.”
The £550,000 6x6 Panther is one of the most effective airport fire trucks available in the industry.
The 39-tonne truck is capable of reaching 80kph in 29 seconds, a speed unheard of with machines of this weight.
Each truck can carry 11,000 litres of water and can deliver 9,000 litres of water or foam per minute.
The Panthers were purchased by the UN to replace its existing units and all accompanying firefighting equipment has been developed, manufactured, and optimally integrated into the vehicle body by Rosenbauer UK.
This deal was just one of eleven agreements secured in the airport industry for Rosenbauer UK in 2017, giving the company a 100% contract win rate in the sector.
This has helped to propel the firm’s order book for 2018, which shows a 120% increase in turnover compared with the previous 12 months, up to £20 million.
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