Built to battle skyscraper fires, this jet-propelled water cannon is the new pride and joy of China's Luoyang City fire department. It is made from a jet-fighter engine and is capable of spraying 4 tons of water per minute.
The price tag of $456,000 seems to be worth it, as the water is said to blast fast enough to separate fires from their oxygen supply. It has a range of almost 400 feet and can rotate a near-full 360 degrees. And if the firefighting business slows down, China can always deploy the cannon to clean the sure-to-be-megadirty streets of its future megacity.
Watch the turbo-cannon's awesome power in action in the video below:
God help Chinese protesters. I hope this won't become an riot control water canon!!!
I bet Iran is already on the waiting list to get one of these.
if the fire is on the ground floor, DON'T GET TOO CLOSE. also, make sure there are no pedestrians inside.
same thought, we could probably see testing in Egypt and Tunisia!!
that and when they compared it to a regular fire-truck, you can tell they deliberately had the hose on low.
Why use a water cannon when tanks work so much better on those pesky pro-democracy malcontents
For years I have had the idea that a jet engine powered pump would be useful for wildfires and forest fires.This thing might be just what the doctor ordered.
It's well known that Chinese contractors regularly violate building codes (i.e. the collapsed schools from their last big earthquake). I'm willing to bet this will do more damage to a building over there than help putting a fire...that news anchor was cute though
I could so go for one of these.
Or would you rather have waterboarding, the all American way?
anyone else confused by the last two comments?
hey i have a million dollar idea we could make the jet smaller and put it inside super soakers. XD that would be one hell of a squirtgun fight
TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED BY HUNGARIANS TWENTY YEARS AGO
Well, something similar anyway. When Saddam Hussein's army was thrown out of Kuwait in 1991 and they torched nearly 700 oil wells on the way out, a bunch of firefighting teams from around the world were assembled to put out the fires. A Hungarian team put together a jet-turbine water shooter that I saw on a "Frontline" documentary extinguishing one of the oil well fires.
Now that is one huge water toy :)
How do they pump enough water to constantly feed that thing? I can't imagine that your garden variety fire hydrant would support it.
Would be great for washing away nuclear contaminants from buildings, vehicles and soldiers at a distance.