Recoil UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Wild Land Fire-Fighting Tank System
$4,160,000 (11 comments ↓)

This earmark request is for the 2010 fiscal year.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR) requests $4,160,000 for:
Recoil Suppression Systems, LLC

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Recoil UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Wild Land Fire-Fighting Tank System
Request: $4,160,000
Suggested Recipient: Recoil Suppression Systems, LLC
Suggested Location of Performance (major portion of the work): Merlin, OR
Purpose/Project Description: The Recoil R60 System is a 900 gallon wildland fire suppression fixed belly tank for the UH-60A, L & M Blackhawk helicopter. This project provides the Army National Guard Aviation the proper equipment and the ability to respond quickly, safely and efficiently to the wildfire threat that is of national importance. This wildfire threat continues to grow as urban sprawl pushes into areas that have traditionally been wild lands and requires the National Guard to have the capability to respond to this wildfire threat where needed. The fixed tank Recoil ensures a safer and more direct flight path for the Blackhawk and other helicopters equipped with these tanks for fire-suppression activities. Because the tank is fixed, and there is no bucket that might break loose, the risk to residential neighborhoods and populated areas is significantly reduced, creating a more direct flight path and quicker response times during fire emergencies.
Funding would be used for engineering, evaluation and procurement of the Recoil UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter R60 Wildland Fire-Fighting Tank System (900 gallon) for the Army National Guard (ARNG). This is in an aim to make R60 tanks become organic equipment of the ARNG be distributed nationwide to State Army National Guard to support and respond to wildland fires.

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September 23, 2009, 7:54pm (report abuse)

Excellent idea and system. With all the destructive wildfires we see in the west and the loss of property, it is good to see our tax dollars fight something else besides a war. This impacts us right here at home.

fred jones

December 9, 2009, 2:52am (report abuse)

great idea is this the Helitak tank designed and manufactured in Austalia?


March 7, 2010, 1:36am (report abuse)

You have two perfectly capable companies already building fixed firetanks for helicopters in Oregon..ISOLAIR and SIMPLEX..both very capable and both with proven track records in fire suppression..Why waste U.S. tax payers dollars on new research and development when these folks can have you up and running in no time...OH by the way.. I am Canadian and we are proud to operate helicopter systems by both manuafacturers.. I think your Senator Merlkley needs to meet a few of these fine people of Oregon ( ISOLAIR and SIMPLEX )who not only provide the citizens of America a fine product but also the citizens of the world who have had their homes, and at times their LIVES saved by the products ISOLAIR and SIMPLEX have been supplying to helicopter operators in every corner of the planet..

Mustang Steve

March 11, 2010, 1:18am (report abuse)

This system was plagarised from the Helitak System when the 2 Australian Directors didn't get the deal they wanted from Helitak in Australia. It is disappointing to see our limited Tax dollars being handed out to foreigners supporting their unscrupulous business dealings in our own country.


March 18, 2010, 9:37pm (report abuse)

$4,160,000????? REALLY????? thats so very wasteful and what does this have to do with the healthcare bill in the first place and WHYS it even in the healthcare bill??????? this is such WASTEFUL SPENDING!!!!!!!!


May 6, 2010, 9:33pm (report abuse)

Absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt the biggest waste of taxpayer funds. These Hawk drivers are professional soldiers and in no way should they be allowed into the fire fighting arena. Sen. Merkley is simply creating jobs and maybe wealth in his state.

Chuck Brainerd

May 7, 2010, 2:01pm (report abuse)

If this money is going to be earmarked for UH-60 tank development, then it should be an open and fair competition to interested parties.


May 12, 2010, 4:22pm (report abuse)

Why should these guys get $4 million to develop their system? Why havn't they developed themselves? Do Simplex and Isolair ask the govt for dollars when they want to build something that they are going to makes loads of money from?

Those guys in Australia have already developed their system. I bet $4 million could buy a bunch of those ones from helitack.

Jeff Burton

August 20, 2011, 9:57pm (report abuse)

What a waste of taxpayer money. We built a tank system for the S-61 for alot less than what they are asking for. Our project went from bar napkin to working prototype in under 6 months.


June 11, 2012, 2:58pm (report abuse)

Did anyone look into Joe Rice who this earmark was for ??? Didn't think so.


July 13, 2014, 8:19pm (report abuse)

Mr. Merkley apparently did not vet Joe Rice before gouging taxpayers on his behalf. If he had; Carson helicopters would have told him that Rice was fired for lying. He is an individual who should not be trusted. Other businesses in Oregon were not given a chance to obtain these finances. This is wrong.

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