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Fixed Wing Aerial Dispersant Capability
The capability requires six aircraft that are maintained in strategic locations to respond to oil spills on a 24/7 basis. The current capability provides a capacity to respond to an incident within short time periods. Some of the requirements of the FWADC include:
- six primary aircraft located around Australia
- availability to fly within a specified time period from activation
- suitably equipped to undertake aerial dispersant application activities in the marine environment
- the ability to operate offshore (up to 200 nautical miles from the coast)
- provision of adequately-trained personnel to support contract requirements.