Russian Be-200ES Takes Part in 200 Fire-Extinguishing Missions in Turkey

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Russian Be-200ES flew amphibi­ous planes have flown over 200 times in three months to extin­guish forest fires in Turkey, near Antalaya, Izmir and Bodrum.

Since June 16, the crews have par­tic­i­pat­ed in the elim­i­na­tion of large fires at com­plex and strate­gi­cal­ly impor­tant facil­i­ties and loca­tions. The total flight time was about 450 hours.

The Be-200ES plane was also involved in extin­guish­ing a fire that broke out at fire­works fac­to­ry near Sakaria city. It took the crew less than two hours to local­ize and com­plete­ly elim­i­nate the com­bus­tion. Another major fire — in the Dardanelles Strait — was extin­guished in less than a day, avoid­ing dis­rup­tions in the move­ment of ships.

The amphibi­ous air­craft dropped over 300 tons of water onto the fires. The planes will remain on duty until October 15, state-run Rostec said in a release.

Our Be-200ES air­craft ful­filled all the assigned tasks to extin­guish forest fires, in total, drop­ping more than 4000 tons of water. Our test pilots oper­at­ed in a dif­fi­cult fire sit­u­a­tion in rugged moun­tain­ous ter­rain, took water from the sur­face of moun­tain lakes and the open sea, made more than 500 water intakes,” said the head of the com­plex brigade of the TANTK. G.M. Berieva Alexander Ternovoy.

Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry had approached Russia with a request for aid in fight­ing forest fires ahead of the hot season. “The suc­cess­ful oper­a­tion of the air­craft in real con­di­tions will allow coop­er­a­tion with Turkish part­ners and, inter alia, dis­cussing the prospects for the pur­chase of Russian Be-200ES amphibi­ous air­craft to renew the fleet of the Turkish fire ser­vice,” Rostec said.

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