05/03/2012 12:55 EDT | Updated 07/03/2012 05:12 EDT

Manitoba adds two water bombers to forest-fire-fighting arsenal

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government is adding two new turboprop water bombers to its forest-fire-fighting arsenal.

Conservation Minister Minister Gord Mackintosh says the planes hold more water, fly faster and make almost twice as many drops an hour than older models.

The new planes are the second and third of four new aircraft to be delivered in stages as part of a $126-million contract with Bombardier.