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.
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.