07:08 GMT14 July 2020
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    Russia will supply Be-200 firefighting amphibious aircraft to China.

    ZHUHAI (China), (Sputnik) — Moscow and Beijing have signed a contract on the delivery of two Russia-manufactured Be-200 amphibious aircraft to China with possible sale of two more planes in future, Russian Trade Minister Denis Manturov said Wednesday.

    "An agreement on supply of 2+2 [delivery of two aircraft and a contractual right to buy two more] to China has been signed. The first delivery is expected to take place in 2018," Manturov told reporters.

    He added that the promotion of Be-200 at foreign markets would help Beriev Aircraft Company to use its production capacities to the full extent and to produce six aircraft a year.

    The Beriev Be-200 is well suited to firefighting missions. It can take in up to 12.5 metric tons of water in the space of a few seconds while traveling over a body of water before dropping the load on the flames.


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