Chinese firefighting equipment test center finished testing the EHang EH216F drone.

The aircraft is based on the EHang 216, an electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle intended for providing flying taxi services.

The testing was conducted by China National Fire-Fighting Equipment Quality Supervision Testing Center (NFFE). It involved technical examination as well as 52 different types of tests, such as flights at various altitudes, landing accuracy, and resistance to smoke and heat.

EHang officially launched the firefighting variant of their drone in 2020. According to the company, the vehicle is intended to plug the capability gap in urban high-rise firefighting.

The Ehang 216F is armed with six fire retardant-loaded missiles designed to be launched at fire hotspots as well as a fire extinguisher.

 

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