- Engineering services company Babcock International said Friday it had been awarded a new 10-year contract worth around £100m for aerial firefighting by the government of Manitoba, Canada.

The wildfire suppression services contract was expected to begin in April 2019.

Under the agreement, Babcock would manage, maintain and operate Manitoba's fleet of seven firefighting fixed-wing Canadair water-bomber amphibious aircraft, supported by three Babcock Twin Commander aircraft.

'This marks our first aviation emergency services contract in Canada, and we are delighted to be trusted to deliver this critical service,' chief executive Archie Bethel said.

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