May 31, 2016: On 30 May 2016, the official rollout ceremony was held at Beriev
for the first Taganrog-made Be-200ES amphibian aircraft designed for the Russian Ministry of Emergencies.
Before relocation of this model's production to Taganrog, the aircraft used to be assembled at the Irkutsk Aircraft Plant, but the production subsequently moved to Taganrog. For the purpose of mass production of the Be-200ES, Beriev Aircraft Corp.
established hi-tech production facilities, procured equipment, upgraded process lines, workshops and composite structure production facilities, and recruited and trained personnel. In the near future the aircraft will pass flight tests and will be handed over to the customer.
The rollout ceremony was attended by the President of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Mr. Yuri Slyusar, the Director General and General Designer of Beriev Mr. Yuri Grudinin, Governor of the Rostov Oblast Mr. Vasily Golubev and the Head of the Southern Regional Center of the Ministry of Emergencies Mr. Igor Oder.
"I am sure that Beriev Aircraft Corp.
will develop not only as an enterprise engaged in repairs and development activities, but primarily as the center of Russian and, to a great extent, global seaplane building, because this country is the leader in this industry", emphasized the UAC President.
Yuri Slyusar specifically noted that "We are witnessing a second birth of the much-needed and demanded aircraft as supported by the successful operating experience and by examples of its use in emergencies in Russia and abroad - in Greece, Portugal or France. Keen interest in the aircraft is also shown in Indonesia"
"This year the company's production is expected to achieve more than a double volume, and this pace will be maintained in the future. We find it important that the enterprise will function steadily, which means that the labor market, too, will be stable. I am confident that development of the enterprise will enable to resolve social issues of the city residents and the enterprise itself", said the Governor Vasily Golubev, emphasizing the importance of the event for the entire Don region.
The Head of the Southern Regional Center of the Ministry of Emergencies Mr. Igor Oder noted that the Russian Ministry of Emergencies has been operating Be-200ES planes for more than a decade. "The enterprise is now facing a great future, with the big production base already in place and the certification and airworthiness centers expected to be established. These prospects give every reason to hope that the company will see revival and will enjoy the reestablished glory and pride. The main thing is to keep the people who are able to build these important machines".
According to the Director General and General Designer of Beriev
Yuri Grudinin, based on the past operating experience and upon request of the customers - the Russian Ministry of Emergencies and the Russian Ministry of Defense - the aircraft has incorporated significant upgrades: the aircraft has been upgraded by more than 50% in terms of equipment and by up to 70% in terms of airframe. Beriev Aircraft Corp.
is currently performing contracts for the production of the Be-200 amphibian aircraft for the Russian Ministry of Emergencies and the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Press release courtesy of Beriev.