We are always pleased to bring you news with regard to the Australian company, HelitakFire Fighting Equipment Pty Ltd located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. The company put out a press release covering another addition to the lineup of collapsible fire fighting tanks.  The new tank, the FT4250 is now certified for use on the Super Puma range of helicopters. 

For more on this please see the company’s release below. 

Continual Research and development lead to a new evolution of airborne firefighting tank technology to aid in accurate and faster water dispersal onto bushfires.

On the back of their announcement late last year that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had approved seven additional Sikorsky Black Hawk Type Certificates on the Helitak FT4500 Black Hawk STC, Helitak have now received certification for the Super Puma Fire Tank.

In 2019, European rotary operator ‘Heli Austria’ reached out to Helitak in a bid to fast-track the development of the Helitak FT4250 Super Puma fire tank. And while the pandemic delayed the process, three years of hard work has come to fruition with FAA issuing a Supplemental Type Certificate last week (Certification No: SR04509CH).

See the Puma with the FT4250 tank at work in the link below:


An Australian aerial firefighting design and manufacturing company, Helitak have been specialising in rotary aircraft fire suppressions systems for over a decade and their tanks are widely recognised for their innovative retractable design that maximises head pressure and delivers high volumes of water and retardant in an unmatched drop pattern.

CEO and Founder of Helitak, Jason Schellaars said, “The advantage of our tanks is that they are lightweight, offer large Type 1 water volume capacity and have easy plug-and-play operations that deliver a perfect and controllable drop pattern every time.”

The STC Certification project was overseen and managed by U.S. Technical (Aviation Products, Services, Engineering & Certification) based in Southern California. In addition to continuing to work with Helitak on a number of projects, U.S. Technical will be the Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) house for this product.

The Super Puma tank offers a plug-and-play underbelly tank that can be installed or removed in less than 25 minutes, requires no costly aircraft modifications and is the only external Super Puma tank offering 1000 gallon+ capacity.