Russian airframer, Beriev has announced that another new Taganrog-made Be-200ChS amphibious aircraft to be delivered to the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry has completed its maiden flight.
The Be-200 can be filled with water at an airfield using a hydrant system, or it can scoop water while skimming the water surface and fill its tanks up to 12 tons of water in 14 seconds.
The airplane is fitted with tanks for chemical liquids with a total capacity of 1.2 m3.
The Be-200 offers high fire-suppression capacity and can drop up to 270 tons of water on a fire.
The aircraft also offers high speed and a high rate of climb which is a significant advantage when it comes to fire suppression in a narrow space, for example, in mountainous areas, or when scooping/dropping water in areas with obstacles present.