True Story: China Is Using Artillery And Tanks to Put Out Forest Fires

Michael Peck

Michael Peck

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Talk about fighting fire with firepower.

True Story: China Is Using Artillery And Tanks to Put Out Forest Fires

Talk about fighting fire with firepower.

China is using artillery and tanks to put out fires.

Chinese arms manufacturer Norinco has modified field artillery to shoot fire-suppressing cannon shells, according to China Daily. The guns are being used to put down forest fires that often erupt in springtime in China.

“Eight long-range fire-extinguishing guns designed and built by the company arrived in Guojiaping village in Changzhi, Shanxi province, at the request of provincial authorities to help quench the fire that had raged on a nearby mountain for several days,” the newspaper said.

“Information from Norinco says the gun has a firing range of 8 kilometers [5 miles], and each of its shells can scatter dry extinguishing agents over about 20 square meters [215 square feet]. The gun features high mobility and accuracy, and is suitable for suppressing big fires.”

Norinco also makes tank-like vehicles into firefighting machines. “With the chassis and armor of a military tank, the vehicles can protect crew members from fire, explosions, building collapses and can cross half-meter-high obstacles or 2-meter-wide [6.6 feet] trenches. They have an automatic spray device and fireproof coating that can prevent scorching heat from spreading inside the vehicles.”

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