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Two Taganrog-built amphibians on a fire-fighting mission in Turkey

June 16, 2020: two Russian multipurpose amphibians BE-200ES, produced by Beriev in Taganrog have arrived to Turkey and today, June 16, started preventive measures to combat forest fires in Turkish Republic. Earlier in October 2019 a BE-200ES participated in the first fire-fighting mission in Turkey, in September the plane was presented at Teknofest-2019 - the second biggest aviation event in the world.

The fire-fighting mission in 2020 will last for 4 months around the cities of Antalia, Izmir and Bodrum. The assignment resulted from an agreement reached between the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia and State Corporations "Rostec".

The interest for the Taganrog-made machine started at the 14th International Aviation and Space Show MAKS-2019, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan got acquainted with modern models of Russian aviation technologies, including the multi-purpose amphibious aircraft Be-200, and September 10, 2019 Turkish delegation led by the Minister of Agriculture & Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli (PhD) and Turkish Ambassador to Russia Mehmet Samsar visited the production site of Beriev Aircraft Company in Taganrog, manufacturer's service center, Be-200 trainer flight simulator and participated in the talks regarding on eventual sales of Be-200 amphibians to Turkey.