Royal Australian Air Force fire-fighters from the Coalition Fire Service with their Panther Airfield Fire Truck in the Middle East Region

Rosenbauer Panther Truck Fire Aircraft (TFA)

The TFA is a very high-performance Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting vehicle, designed to provide an immediate response to aircraft accidents and incidents in order to preserve life and minimise damage to military equipment.

The TFA fleet consists of 19 vehicles operating at airfields and the RAAF Security and Fire School.

Manufactured by Austrian firm Rosenbauer Industries, the TFA is a Heavy Rigid six-wheel-drive vehicle equipped with all terrain capability. It also features a multi-functional, air conditioned cabin designed to accommodate a crew of four.

Output from the two-stage centrifugal pump enables the production of extinguishing agents - either water or a water/foam solution to a range of 70m. Each TFA is designed to carry 8500 litres of water and 1300 litres of foam concentrate to produce extinguishing agents via:

  • roof; and/or
  • bumper mounted monitors; and/or
  • other outlets including self protection systems.

The TFA design also includes fixed hose reels and a number of 64mm outlets for use by teams of Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting personnel at accident or incident sites.

The TFA is also equipped with a Complementary Agent (Dry Chemical Powder) system.

A fully equipped TFA is capable of acceleration from a standing start to 80 km/h within 35 seconds.

Rosenbauer Panther Truck Fire Aircraft Specifications


Rosenbauer Industries


Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting


One driver, three firefighters


18.1 litre Caterpillar C-18, Euro 3 Six cylinder, turbocharged and intercooled diesel.

Rated power: 526 kW at 2300 RPM.


36 tonnes GVM


Length 11.75 m, width 3.3 m, height 3.6 m

Max speed:

105  km/h