Since the 1950s, aerial firefighting has been conducted using liquid cascade drop methods, which require firefighting sorties at low altitudes.

Although effective, these methods are restricted to daytime-only flights because of their altitude. Haifa-based defense firm Elbit Systems is changing the way fires are being fought, after completing its first successful test of the HyDrop system, which allows planes to fight fires from a higher altitude and with higher precision.

Elbit said the test took place during a field demonstration, as part of an exercise led by the Fire and Rescue Service.

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