14:48 GMT09 May 2021
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    Russia may deliver the Be-200, the only reactive amphibious aircraft in the world, to Indonesia.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia may sign the first contract on the delivery of multipurpose amphibious Beriev Be-200 aircraft with Indonesia, President of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yury Slyusar said Monday.

    "We have noted a significant interest [in Be-200] from the foreign customers. Sadly, as for now, this interest has not transformed into real contracts. We hope that a contract for the delivery of planes with Indonesia will become one of the first technical cooperation contracts," Slyusar told journalists.

    He added that the interest is due to the aircraft's uniqueness, since it is the only reactive amphibious aircraft in the world.

    The Beriev Be-200 is well-suited for firefighting missions. It can take in up to 12.5 metric tons of water in a few seconds while traveling over the surface of the water and then drop its load onto a fire. The plane can be reconfigured for search-and-rescue operations or passenger flights.


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