MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian pilots have reportedly shown high efficiency in localizing large pockets of fire and extinguishing separate fires.
"Overall, two Emergencies Ministry aircraft carried out 37 discharges of water, the total mass of which amounted to 444 tonnes, tackling fire in four spots and saving four settlements and two national parks," the statement reads.
On Friday, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said that it was sending two Be-200 Altair amphibious aircraft upon Portugal’s request to assist it in battling forest fires.
The Beriev Be-200 is well suited to firefighting missions. It can take in up to 12.5 metric tons of water in a few seconds, while traveling over the water surface and then dropping its load on the flame.