2 x 16,530 lbs ea.
107 ft. 7 in.
To date, twelve Russian Beriev Be-200 “Altair” amphibian aircraft have been built. They are used for water bombing, carrying passengers and cargo.
The two person crew of the Beriev Be-200 use fly by wire controls in an all glass cockpit, and can fly in all weather conditions, day or night.
The aircraft is made to resist corrosion through the use of composite materials.
The Beriev Be-200 was developed primarily as a super scooper type water bomber. It is capable of loading some 3,000 gallons of water during a single 14 second water scoop pass.
The design of the aircraft also allows for it to be configured to accommodate up to 72 passenger seats. It can be equipped with a search radar and electronics for search and rescue, as well as for maritime patrol. Up to 30 stretchers will fit in the fuselage cabin when the Beriev Be-200 is fitted as a medical transport.
Italy began using the Beriev Be-200 for fighting blazes in 2004. During that year it aided in the containment and extinguishing of four blazes. In July of the following year the Be-200 participated in fighting another blaze, performing three drops of fire suppressants before it was finally extinguished.
The Portuguese Fire Fighting Service leased a Be-200 in 2006 for evaluation including successful water and suppressant drops on several blazes. Due to their success, they were again in use by Portugal during 2007.
Greece leased two Be-200 aircraft for 2007,
Azerbajan purchased two Be-200 aircraft in 2008. They are in use for fighting blazes, as well as the transportation of passenger and cargo transport.
Russia and Israel began using Be-200 aircraft as water bombers in 2010.
Serbia began using Be-200 aircraft in 2012.
In January of 2015 a Be-200 participated in the search for downed Indonesian Air Flight 8501. In October, two of the aircraft aided in fighting a blaze in Sumatra.
In August of 2016, two Be-200 aircraft were used in Portugal to successfully contain a blaze that threatened populated areas.
Serbia purchased a Beriev Be-200 in 2012.
The Russian government ordered six additional Beriev Be-200 aircraft in May of 2013.
In 2016, China purchased four Beriev Be-200 aircraft.