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.
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.