MAFFS are C-130 Cargo planes with self-contained reusable 3000-gallon aerial fluid dispersal tanks that allows the C-130's to be converted to wildland firefighting airtankers. The system has been used in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Indonesia.
The drop system inside the plane has pneumatically powered tank modules that can drop water and retardant on fires that help ground crews contain wildfires. C-130 aircrews are making drops on wildfires outside of Austin, Texas today. Overall fire officials are gearing up for a long fireseason in throughout the west in 2011.